Monica has been teaching Indian cookery for over 10 years after founding THE SPICE CLUB – her own Indian cookery school and pop-up restaurant in Manchester and Birmingham. The Spice Club is truly a labour of love and reflects her passion for showcasing authentic Indian cookery. It grew through word-of-mouth, from an invitation of eight complete strangers to dine in her front room, to national acclaim, an Amazon Prime TV series and a 6-month wait-list for attendance to her cookery classes.
Monica is also the founder of the very recently launched SHIKSHAK – an online Indian cookery school, which was born out of the best we saw in each other during a very tough 2020. COVID-19 and the associated restrictions forced us apart to keep us safe. It brought our need for human connection into sharp focus, and we saw incredible examples of communities finding commonality more than we have seen in most of our lifetimes. Monica and The Spice Club hosted weekly online cookery classes on Facebook; they were not only incredibly popular, but brought strangers together over their love of Indian Cookery. In an effort to maintain and grow these connections Monica assembled her team to deliver an online platform that carried all the values and personality of her in-person Cookery Classes. She wanted to ensure the quality of the content of SHIKSHAK was worthy of her students. The success of her Crowdfunder campaign in September 2020, was a product of the belief that her supporters have in her and she couldn’t be more pleased to give you a resource that she hopes will provide a lifetime of learning!