I am always inspired by women who take things in their stride, listen to their heart and pursue their passion. Sheuli Bhowal is one of those inspiring women who brought the taste of India to Poland. She is the Head Chef at an Indian Restaurant here and also conducts culinary classes. Read more about her and her journey in an exclusive interview with this charming lady.
Ans: I was born in East India where food is a celebration. Brought up in a traditional family, I learned cooking from my Mother, Grandmother and other ladies within the family. Cooking is my passion and I love cooking for people. I lived in various cities in India and spent a significant part of my life in a metropolitan environment. Through this, I had an experience of sharing different cooking styles with other friends from various part of India.
I came to Krakow with my husband and one child, 12 years ago. Here, I honed my European cuisine cooking skills by sharing and cooking for various international cooking clubs at Krakow. My knowledge of cooking has matured over the years and I have adapted the all-Indian menu that I know and love, to the local taste; for getting the best of eating experience from Indian authentic food.
Ans: Cooking and feeding people was always there with me. Cooking was a passion for me when I was a grown-up child. After I came to Poland I continued to prepare experimental dishes for my friends and family. I was teaching Indian Coking to BISC high school children as a part of their CAS program. I shortly worked as food adviser to an Indian restaurant in Krakow operated by a Polish acquaintance.
Since then I am organizing different cooking workshops, training, and Fine Dining sessions. Some of the interesting assignments were from Holiday Inn Krakow, Hilton Airport Hotel, Eataway, Cafe Młynek, Zupitto, Twój Kucharz, Indology, Jagiellonian University. I also organized some interesting cooking event to celebrate birthdays and marriage anniversaries. A special event was organized by Barka, boat restaurant at Krakow, on my dishes during summer 2018.
I am also associated with charitable organization and time to time organizing activities for preparing foods for challenging children and charitable dinner events. I was an Associate since the startup of Parampara Restaurant in Krakow and developed the menu for them. Currently, I am playing the role of Head Chef at Parampara. Several articles were published on my cooking, namely at Gazeta Wyborcza, Krakow Post, Kulinaria NaszeMiasto – Kraków, TOP magazine.
Ans: My grandmother and her inspiration and tips about cooking.
Ans: Difficult to count. I feel happy when I remember that people from high school to top executives, women, and men, were participating in learning Indian cuisine. It is a great satisfaction for me when I get feedback that people are making samosa at their home.
Ans: It is a difficult question when Indian cuisine can sever so many and so wide varieties of dishes. I always change my offers to sever the taste of Indian form 4 corners.
Ans: The Full journey is amazing so far. Whenever I see smiling faces with happiness after eating my dishes, that moment is the moment of great satisfaction.
Ans: Both of them are equally interesting to me.
Ans: Nowadays it is possible to pursue your passion, staying at home.
So, this was about Sheuli, who has been doing a wonderful job and satiating the gastronomical buds of not only the Indians but also the people all over the globe, visiting and staying in Poland. Hope her message for all the stay at home women, motivates and inspires many others to explore their talent and pursue their passion.