Today we’d like to introduce you to Ayesha D’Mello.
Ayesha, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I used to work in the Silicon Valley for Software Companies prior to moving to Miami and enjoyed working in the Corporate world. I traveled extensively worldwide but it became a challenge once we had kids. We moved to Miami 13 years ago. My husband suggested I stay home with the kids. I was not ready for that and he said give it 3 months and if you still have a desire to go back then you can. In 3 weeks (not 3 months) I was convinced I loved staying home and taking an active role in the kid’s school and activities. Shortly thereafter a food critic from Miami Herald contacted me as she heard about my cooking and was keen on writing an article about me, my culture and cuisine. The article came out in the papers and I was inundated with phone calls and emails asking where is the restaurant and where are the cooking classes. I was in a bit of a shock. I sat down and thought through and came to a conclusion that there was a need for people to learn about Indian Cuisine especially with its growing popularity. This lead to the birth of Ayesha’s Kitchen. I started with one menu, today I offer 23 menus that include Vegan, Vegetarian, Non-Veg (Chicken, Lamb, Beef, Seafood) Indian Bread, etc. Each menu consists of 5-6 dishes ranging from appetizer through dessert).
What I have discovered is not just my passion to cook but to teach others how to cook and make the right food choices.
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
I have been fortunate to have enjoyed this journey. My business is purely by word of mouth. I have amazing people that take my classes and many that come back for more. It is fascinating to see the mix of demographics. Kids as young as 5 and others that are 90+ have taken my classes and come back for more.
I prefer to have a smaller group in my cooking class. Since I limit my class to 10 people and the class is always full, it becomes a challenge to get the additional people into my class.
Please tell us about Ayesha’s Kitchen.
With undergraduate degrees in Accounting and Computer Science and an MBA, I took the path of a corporate career with Software companies. I sensed an undeniable passion to share my knowledge of the exotic magical flavors of centuries-old cuisines of India with my gastronomic delights. Having cradled Ayesha’s Kitchen from a hobby to a boutique culinary school, I am passionate about sharing my journey with enthusiasts of all ages & skills.
Ayesha’s Kitchen specializes in Authentic Indian Cooking Classes and Private Dinner events.
I am known to empower my students to replicate the dishes they learn from me in their kitchen. I am known to take the most complicated and time consuming dishes and prepare them quickly and easily. I take great pride in cooking with the finest quality of organic ingredients and grinding spices fresh (no pre-mixes). I offer 23 menus (each menu teaches 5-6 dishes) and have several of my students that have taken all 23 classes. This is a testimony of how I teach and that they can easily replicate the dishes in their own kitchen.
Each class culminates with a fine sit-down meal in my Tikki Hut by the Pool.
Was pleased to see that Ayesha’s Kitchen is rated #1 Cooking School by Miami New Times.
Do you look back particularly fondly on any memories from childhood?
My mom was out of town and our cook was off as it was Sunday. My Dad and his friend planned a movie night at his place with all the kids as his wife was also out of town. Usually, when we visit a friend we always take some dish to share with the families. However, since my mom and cook were not there, I took the initiative to cook Goat Curry. This was my first time in cooking in the kitchen and this was quite the experience. I experimented with a set of spices and to my pleasant surprise to came out delicious. That is when I realized, I had a sense of cooking and since then I never turned back and began on a journey to learn traditional regional cooking and the magical blending of spices. Till today that family talk about it and it puts a smile on my face. The secret was to give it my all with a lot of love.
- $85.00 per person – per class
- Website: www.ayeshaskitchen.com
- Phone: 305-254-0693
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ayeshas_kitchen/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ayeshaskitchen1
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/ayeshaskitchen
- Yelp: https://www.yelp.com/biz/ayeshas-kitchen-miami-2#query:cooking%25252520classes
- Other: https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g34438-d2277272-Reviews-Ayesha_s_Kitchen-Miami_Florida.html