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.