Anjum Anand

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Anjum Anand
British Chef Anjum Anand in Amrithsar, Punjab India, November 2013.jpg
Born (1971-08-25) 25 August 1971 (age 46)
London, United Kingdom
Education Business Administration School of Geneva
Website Official Site
Culinary career
Cooking style Indian cuisine

Anjum Anand (born 15 August 1971 in London, England) is a British Indian food writer and TV chef of Indian cuisine. She is the co-founder of thespicetainor


Anjum Anand, grew up in London but has also lived and studied in Geneva, Paris, and Madrid.[1][2][3] She speaks French and Spanish, holds a degree in European business administration from the European Business School London, and for a period ran a business importing flat-pack furniture from eastern Europe.[3][4] She has worked in the kitchens of hotel restaurants including at Café Spice in New York, as a waitress in Park Royal Hotel in New Delhi, and for Tommy Tang at Mondrian Hotel in Los Angeles.[1][5]

Her perspective on adapting healthy meals from a traditionally rich Indian diet came from personal experience of weight problems while growing up. Her diet consists of varied traditional dishes, recreated with wholesome ingredients and limited oil.[5] At age 25 her first book Indian Every Day: Light Healthy Indian Food was published.[1]

Anand became a regular guest on UKTV Food's Great Food Live from 2004 to 2007, and featured in the BBC Two series Indian Food Made Easy broadcast in 2007.[3][6] Her accent and flirtatious manner have led to her being dubbed "the Nigella Lawson of Indian cuisine in Britain".[2] Reacting to descriptions of herself as "television's tastiest chef", she finds it "preposterous".[1]

She has been a regular contributor to The Times Online food pages since 2007. She has acted as consultant chef to Birds Eye brand to develop a range of healthy Indian ready meals.[7] In September 2008 Anand published her third recipe book Anjum's New Indian, followed by a new BBC television series in November.[3]

In mid-2011, she launched the brand The Spice Tailor having seven authentic Indian sauces, specially developed to deliver restaurant quality dishes that enable consumers to fill a gap in the market for those who enjoy fine Indian food [8] [9]

Personal life[edit]

In addition to England, Anand also owns family homes in both Delhi and Calcutta.[10]

Published works[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d Wilde, Jon, The Mail on Sunday (15 September 2007). "Let TV chef Anjum Anand add some spice to your life". 
  2. ^ a b Sethi, Anita, The Guardian (20 August 2008). "Indian made effortless". 
  3. ^ a b c d Arnstein, Victoria, (11 July 2008) Some like it hot Archived 6 September 2008 at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ Edemariam, Aida, The Guardian (14 July 2007). "Move Over, Nigella". 
  5. ^ a b Melwani, Lavina, Little India (January 2005). "Eat, Drink and Be Svelte". Archived from the original on 29 August 2008. 
  6. ^ BBC Food. "Anjum Anand chef biog". 
  7. ^ LifeStyle FOOD Chef - Anjum Anand biography Archived 31 July 2008 at the Wayback Machine.
  8. ^ "The Spice Tailor by Anjum Anand". 16 May 2012. 
  9. ^ "The Spice Tailor, Anjum Anand". 16 May 2012. 
  10. ^ About Anjum Archived 3 December 2011 at the Wayback Machine.

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