|Full Name||Monisha Patil Bharadwaj Facebook|
|Other Name||Monisha Bharadwaj|
|Profession(s)||Author and Chef|
|Famous For||• Being the Daughter of the Indian journalist, Vimla Patil
• Being the Wife of Indian television actor, Nitish Bharadwaj
|Physical Stats & More|
|Height (approx.)||in centimeters- 170 cm
in meters- 1.70 m
in feet & inches- 5’ 7”
|School||• Bombay International School, Mumbai
• St Columba School, Mumbai
|College/University||• HR College of Commerce Mumbai Theiwh
• London School of Journalism Gulf News
• Institute of Hotel Management, Catering Technology and Applied Nutrition, Mumbai
|Educational Qualification||• Diploma in Journalism Cooking With Monisha
• Graduation in Indian History LinkedIn Gulf News
|Relationships & More|
|Marriage Date||27 December 1991 (Friday)|
|Husband/Spouse||Nitish Bharadwaj (Actor); Divorced in 2005
|Children||Son- Arrush Bharadwaj
Daughter- India Bharadwaj
|Parents||Father- Name Not Known
Mother- Vimla Patil (Indian Journalist)
|Siblings||She has one brother.|
Some Lesser Known Facts About Monisha Patil
- Monisha Patil is a well known author and chef of the Indian origin residing in the UK.
- At the age of 4, she started learning Bharatanatyam, an Indian dance form, and she studied the Indian classical dance for more than 30 years. She has performed at various stage shows and events including her dance performance at Nehru gallery, Victoria, Albert Museum, and in the presence of HM the queen.
- At the age of 15, she started working as a writer for a teenage blog. For the two cookbooks, “The Prestige Festival Cookbook” and “The Exotic Curries of the Orient,” she worked as a co-author along with her mother.
- She has worked as an author for may books including ‘Inside India,’ ‘Indian Beauty Secrets,’ ‘Great Diamonds of India,’ ‘The Indian Pantry,’ (shortlisted for the Food Writer’s Guild of Great Britain Award, it has been renamed The Indian Kitchen in its second edition) and ‘The Indian Luck Book.’
- In an interview, she talked about how she developed an interest in writing, in an interview, she said,
My mother edited Femina (India’s leading women-related magazine) for 30 years. I grew up in her office with the smell of printing ink. I began writing when I was very young. At 15, I did a column on teenage interests and problems for the Evening News and continued free-lancing. I also co-authored two books with my mother, The Prestige Festival Cookbook and The Exotic Curries of the Orient. For a while, I did other things. For the last six years, I have concentrated on writing.”
- She started her cooking school, ‘Cooking With Monisha,’ West London in 2004.
- In 2012, she started working as a chef at The Bristol School of Food and Wine in the UK. Later, she worked as a chef tutor at cooking schools, including Ashburton Cookery School, Seasoned Cookery School, and The Bertinet Kitchen. In 2013, she worked for four months as a guest lecturer at SOAS, the University of London.
- In an interview, she talked about her mother, she said,
Both of us acknowledge our writing styles are very different. Not better or worse, just different. There’s also the question of time. I’m writing 30 years after my mother began to write. Being Patil’s daughter was a huge advantage. I got the best exposure possible. I’ve met incredible people. My mother would be interviewing eminent persons and I would be around. I remember my mother interviewing Pandit Ravi Shankar (the sitar legend). When they finished, he asked me where I was going. I said I was going to college. So he dropped me to college in a taxi!”
- She received ‘Cookery Writer of the Year’ by the Guild of Food Writers in 2003.
- She has appeared as a judge at the Guild of Fine Food’s ‘Great Taste Awards’ for the last few years.
- In 2019, she worked with Kew Gardens, and later, she worked with the British Council on ‘How The British Fell in Love With Curry, a historical perspective from 1200 to 2017.’
- She has also appeared as a guest speaker at various events like Welcome Collection, London in 2018, and Cookery Legends cruise around the British Isles in 2019.
- She is a dog lover and has a pet dog Archie.
- She has worked as a TV producer in a Hindi TV show.
- In an interview, she shared her favourite recipe, she said,
That’s a difficult question there are so many! I love the Butter Chicken for entertaining, the Tarka Dal as comfort food, and the Mung Dal Halwa as a special treat.”