A Little Bit About Me

Hi! I’m Ruqxana Vasanwala. Food Docent. Cat Lover. Personal Chef. Food Sorceress at Cookery Magic. And your teacher when I see you in class! :)

When I was five, my idea of play was to rip recipes off Nestlé Ideal milk tins and start a scrap book. My parents initially thought it odd but eventually gave in to my fetish for milk tins and happily provided me with a running supply of Nestle milk tins.  This recipe collection eventually led me to start experimental cooking by seven, and by the time I was in my teens, I was cooking and hosting friends at dinner parties in my house.

I followed the conventional route into the working world, studying, qualifying and working as a mechanical engineer for over 15 years before I moved into the field of conference management. In the late 90s, the dot-com boom beckoned and, together with some friends, I became a technopreneur in a start-up venture. When that bubble burst in 2001, I was, for the first time in my life, left with no direction on what I wanted to do next. That was when it came to me that I should pursue my one consistent passion in my life – cooking. And voila, Cookery Magic was born in 2001 and I have not looked back since.

Cooking has allowed me to express myself in so many ways, and to experience so many cultures, through the hundreds of amazing people I have met in my classes. I have especially savoured the ability to travel and experience the amazing cuisines around the world. In 2006, I even pursued a cake-decorating course at the renowned Wilton School in Chicago and returned home, diving into a cake-making venture, creating fanciful birthday and wedding cakes for several years.

I am blessed today to be able to say, in the words of Ray Bradbury that, I am doing the things that I love, and the things that I love are the things that I am doing. :) 

So I welcome you into my humble home and hope that I am able to impart my knowledge of cuisine to you. I look forward to meeting you.

Good Thoughts
Good Words
Good Deeds

Buzzing on TripAdvisor

 You learn to cook in a neighborhood home in an outside kitchen. It feels like you're really seeing local Singapore.

Reviewed 25 April 2013 by L0nd0nLONDON from London, England

It was an unforgettable experience we had with Ruqxana, a lovely woman full of cooking experience.

Reviewed 5 March 2013 by Mariya S from Tel Aviv, Israel



I spent a memorable afternoon cooking with Ruqxana. It is a great way to learn more about Singapore, where food reveals a lot of its culture and history.

Reviewed 17 February 2013 by Dimitri Z from Bogota, Colombia







Cookery Magic
117 Fidelio Street
Singapore 458492
Tel: +65 63489667
Mobile: +65 96656831
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