“ Rather than working through a set menu, Renuka Patel tailors her courses to the abilities of her students — in this case, me and Alby, my 14-year-old son. She asks us about our curry-making experience (little more than throwing random spices at a pan and hoping) and the sort of Indian food we like. ”

Shaun Phillips

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Ren is an excellent teacher - a real mover and shaker!

Linden Smith, Indian Food at Home
14th December 2008

Absolutely wonderful! I now feel much more confident in experimenting with various flavour combinations. Great teaching by Ren - the best class I’ve ever have been to!

Aida - Perfect Thai Dinner Party
March 2009

The class was a superb experience. I feel inspired and motivated to get cooking Indian for all my friends and family. Thank you Ren

Catherine, Delicious Indian Home Cooking
March 2009

Ren's passion and knowledge really show throughout the course. I would be surprised if there was a person who couldn't take something positive from the day

James Bull, Indian Food at Home
February 2009

I wanted to say a massive thank you for making my hen weekend so special! The girls could not have thought up a better surprise for me and you made it so enjoyable. I have already put to use some of the things we learnt and it has totally fuelled my enthusiasm for all things food!

Katherine - The Bride, Indian Hen Weekend
January 2008

Another fabulous day. Learnt so much and these courses take the mystery out of what might seem difficult cooking.

Sue, Indian Food Made Easy
April 2009

I found this course really inspiring from beginning to end thanks to Ren's fantastic teaching methods. It has really opened my eyes to how food flavours and quantities should be combined to the best effect which will be invaluable in all my cooking!

Lucy, Acton
April 2009

Just wanted to thank you for such a great lesson on Saturday - the dinner party went really well... and I'm actually having remains of the Dansak for my lunch today!


I had a fantastic day; I can't believe how it went so quickly. I managed to get to Croydon without spilling any food. My parents ate the food on Saturday and they especially liked the chicken curry and the chutneys. Niteen and I ate the food yesterday and he was a happy husband as he got his lentils!


This evening I was grinding cardamom in my kitchen and thought of you - so I thought I would write and say thank you for that lovely day. I'm living in Shanghai now and getting good quality Indian food is quite a struggle - but thankfully, my day with you gave me plenty of inspiration. My Mum sends over regular parcels of lentils and spices and I've converted my Korean roommates to curry!


Thanks for a lovely day on the 14th, I really enjoyed it - and so did all of my friends eating the lovely food! I've got a newfound confidence with cooking Indian food, and will be making it on a regular basis from now on.

Susan Pentreath

Great lesson last weekend and the food went down very well when I got home. It tasted as good as the real thing!!

Andrew Rasmussen

David and I have just eaten our curries. THE most delicious curries ever in the whole world - including India - and we made them ourselves! Thanks so much Ren for the fantastic day. We had really good fun and learnt soooo much. The lessons were really informative and the whole day was so brilliantly constructed. We will be back!

Nicky and David

Your class has given us the confidence to be experimental with spices, so now we can use recipes as a starting point instead of following them slavishly, as we have done in the past. Thanks again for a fab class. It made a brilliant surprise birthday present - a memorable day which has laid the foundation for much happy curry cooking in the future.

Alice and Dik

I've taken Ren's course twice - once as part of a group and once on a half-day private session. Both were immensely useful, giving me insight into using individual ingredients as well as terrific recipes I continue to make again and again. Being taught by Ren is like having a friend share their cooking secrets with you. It just doesn't get better than that.


Thanks again for a fun and interesting class on Sunday. The food tasted great and the friends who we shared it with were very impressed. Hopefully we will manage to make something that resembles all of the dishes that we learned when we try it by ourselves.

Lorna and Mike

Dad had such a great time. He hasn't stopped talking about it, giving everyone he comes into contact with new tips and he continues to cook rice the way you showed him: no longer are there arguments in the kitchen about it going sticky! He spoke so highly of your professionalism and knowledge of all of the spices. And absolutely loved your kitchen and the whole experience.