Rachel Goenka

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Rachel Goenka
Rachel Goenka
Born (1988-04-06) 6 April 1988 (age 35)
Alma materPennsylvania State University
Ballymaloe Cookery School
Le Cordon Bleu
Occupation(s)Restaurateur, chef
Known forThe Sassy Spoon, Sassy Teaspoon, House of Mandarin
Notable workAdventures with Mithai (2019)
RelativesRamnath Goenka (great-grand father)
AwardsThe Gourmand World Cookbook Award, 2020

Rachel Goenka is an Indian restaurateur, chef, author and the founder and CEO of Mumbai based The Chocolate Spoon Company.[2] She runs a chain of restaurants such as The Sassy Spoon, a European restaurant, House of Mandarin, a Chinese restaurant, Baraza Bars and Bites, a beach shack themed pub, Wicked China, an Asian resto-bar, and Sassy Teaspoon, a chain of patisseries and bakeries.[3][4][5]

The Times of India's Times Hospitality Icons chose her as the Woman Entrepreneur of the Year in 2018,[6] and she was named one of The CEO Magazine's 30 Women Entrepreneurs to Watch For in 2018.[7] She has featured on the cover of magazines such as Feelings,[8] Dogs N More,[9] and Mother & Baby.[10] She was awarded the Gourmand World Cookbook Award in 2020 for her book, Adventures with Mithai.[11]

Early life and education[edit]

Rachel Goenka graduated with degrees in Journalism and English from The Pennsylvania State University and then studied at The Ballymaloe Cookery School in Ireland, where Goenka was trained under celebrity chef Rachel Allen. After completing her graduation, she attended Le Cordon Bleu in London to specialize in patisserie.[4][3][12]


She set up her first restaurant, The Sassy Spoon in Mumbai's Nariman Point in 2013, which was later chosen by French chef Alain Ducasse to be part of the Gout De France movement in 2014.[3] Her second outlet of The Sassy Spoon was opened in Bandra, Mumbai in 2015.[13][14]

In 2016, Goenka launched the Sassy Teaspoon, a chain of patisseries and bakeries across Mumbai and Pune. The Sassy Spoon, Mumbai won 'Best Independent Restaurant in India-Critics' Choice' within the first year of its operations.[4][15] In 2017, she launched The House of Mandarin, an authentic Chinese diner.[16]

Some of her other brands include Baraza Bars and Bites, a beach shack themed pub, and Wicked China, an Asian resto-bar. She owns seven restaurants across Mumbai and Pune, and 10 patisseries and two central kitchens.[17]

Published works[edit]

In 2019, she authored a book, Rachel Goenka's Adventures with Mithai, which was published by HarperCollins.[12] The book was launched on 14 October 2019, in Mumbai.[18][19] In December 2019, she won The Gourmand World Cookbook Award 2020, in the category of pastry and desserts for her book, Adventures with Mithai.[11][20]

Personal life[edit]

In February 2014, Goenka married her long-time boyfriend and Dubai based banker, Karan Khetarpal,[1][10] with whom she has a son named Kabir.[10] In April 2021, on her birthday, Rachel and Karan welcomed their daughter, Amalia.[21][22] She is the daughter of Viveck Goenka, the chairman & MD of The Indian Express.[1][23]


Year Award(s) Awarding organisation Result Source
2021 Top 50 Women in Luxury Luxebook Won [24]
2021 Best Pastry and Dessert book in the world Gourmand World Cookbook Awards Won [25]
2020 99 Women Achievers of India 2020 The Indian Achievers Club Won [26]
2020 The Gourmand World Cookbook Award Gourmand International Won [11]
2019 Woman Entrepreneur of the Year Times Hospitality Icons Won [6]
2018 Young Restaurateur of the Year Restaurant India Awards Won [27]
2018 30 Women Entrepreneurs to Watch For The CEO Magazine Won [7]
2015 Best Restaurateur (Critic's Choice) The Time Out Food Awards Won [28]


  1. ^ a b c "Cooking up a match". Ahmedabad Mirror. 28 February 2014.
  2. ^ "FNB News – Wakao Foods, The Chocolate Spoon Company look back with year ender report | FNB News". www.fnbnews.com. Retrieved 6 October 2021.
  3. ^ a b c "RACHEL GOENKA, 29 Restaurateur and chef, Sassy Spoon, Baraza Bars and Bites and Mandarin and Mirchi". India Today. 6 November 2017.
  4. ^ a b c Halim, Moeena (17 June 2016). "Mumbai restaurant, The Sassy Spoon, wins Critics' Choice Award". India Today.
  5. ^ Jain, Aashika (8 March 2019). "#Shepreneurs: How These Women in Off-beat Roles Do Everything & Get Everything Done". Entrepreneur.
  6. ^ a b "Times Hospitality Icons 2019 awards". The Times of India.
  7. ^ a b "30 Women Entrepreneurs to watch in 2018 in India". The CEO Magazine. March 2018. p. 35.
  8. ^ "And all that sass..." Feelings Magazine: 16, 17, 18, 19. September 2018.
  9. ^ "Dogs and more Magazine". Indiamags. Dogs and more.
  10. ^ a b c Chopra Vikamsey, Swati (December 2018). "Restaurateur Rachel Goenka gets teary-eyed as she revisits her pregnancy, labour and life after Kabir..." Mother and Baby India. Next Gen Publishing (81).
  11. ^ a b c "Goenka's Adventures with Mithai bags Gourmand World Cookbook Award '20". FBN News. 31 December 2019.
  12. ^ a b "Sassy restaurateur and pastry chef Rachel Goenka ramps up the oomph factor of Indian sweets". The Indian Express. 3 November 2019.
  13. ^ "Verve Bites: The Sassy Spoon". Verve. 23 January 2015.
  14. ^ Chanda, Kathakali (27 December 2014). "How pastry chefs are cooking up a dessert storm". Forbes India.
  15. ^ Kasana, Archana (11 September 2017). "Sassy Teaspoon Soon Planning for PAN- India Expansion". BusinessWorld.
  16. ^ Shaikh, Sadaf (24 September 2017). "The Dim Sums At Bandra's Newly-Opened House Of Mandarin Are Truly Unmissable!". Verve.
  17. ^ Chowdary, Asha (21 September 2019). "Are you Instagram-worthy? How Sassy Spoon's Rachel Goenka spins magic with her culinary wizardry". Dailyhunt.
  18. ^ Borah, Jahnabee (25 October 2019). "Have your mithai and eat it too, says Rachel Goenka". Mint.
  19. ^ Dalal, Phorum (20 October 2019). "When Mithai Goes Mod". Mid-Day.
  20. ^ "Gourmand Awards". Gourmand International. 2020.
  21. ^ Chawla, Barkha (21 December 2021). "Preparing For Baby #2: Advice From Our Favourite Insta Moms". MissMalini.
  22. ^ Kamath, Akanksha (19 January 2021). "4 stylish mums-to-be share their pregnancy journeys and maternity style tips". Vogue.
  23. ^ "When in Goa..." Mumbai Mirror. 16 June 2014.
  24. ^ "Top 50 Women in Luxury 2021". Luxebook.in.
  25. ^ "Gourmand World Cookbook Awards 2020" (PDF).
  26. ^ "99 Women Achievers of India 2020" (PDF). JTB Express.
  27. ^ "Sweet Success". The Indian Express. 15 October 2019.
  28. ^ "And Then There Was Food". The Indian Express. 24 March 2014.

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