Padmanayana Shetty, 55, a.k.a “Nayana” had started a unique cooking workshop for kids in the capital city of Oman, Muscat. Intoxicated by the smell of authentic “fish curry” and “horse gram rasam” prepared by her mother, she used to get drifted towards the kitchen. She got inspired to traditional cooking by her mother and sisters. Slowly, she developed a secret love affair with the kitchen and so called- Art of cooking.
The year 2014 proved one of the best years she had ever experienced. Like many of the food loving people, she was also a big fan of Masterchef Sanjeev Kapoor. Her dream came true when she met him during the Star Chef Hunt Competition organized by Spicy village chain restaurants and was fortunate enough to be honoured by the MasterChef as the first runner up of the competition.
Nayana’s journey did not stop here. The spirit of her dream was still alive deep in her heart-the fun experience with food and children. She inaugurated the cooking school “FUN WITH FOOD” in March 2016 with initial objective of 7 days module. The classes are free of cost. Kids bring the ingredients, prepare and enjoy their cooking at the end. She conducted 2 batches for 15 days. The unique thing about the cooking class is- once her students are in; Nayana does not jump into cooking. First she makes them practise some warm-up and breathing exercise. The few minutes exercise session followed by the cooking classes. Gardening knowledge and few craft work are also part of this session so to break the monotony. She also delivers a five minute talk on Safety, Cleanliness as well as Recycling which adds value to the overall four hour session.
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