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Sharmini Thomas, originally from Kerala, is a York-based Cookery Tutor who began conducting Indian Cooking Courses through City of York’s Adult Education over 20 years ago. In the year 2008, she decided to take the reins and start her own cookery school which led to the conception of Sharmini’s Inspirational Indian Cuisine.

Sharmini’s broad expertise in Indian cuisine stems not only from her years of teaching but also from the rich culinary heritage that was passed down to her especially from her mother and grandmother. It comes as no surprise that her work has been recognised across the UK earning her the title of “The Curry Queen” as quoted in an article in the Sunday Times.

Renowned for her delicious authentic curries, Sharmini has bested some of York’s top Indian Chefs including Bengal Brasserie, Jaipur Spice, and Rafi’s Spice Box by winning The Yorkshire Vision Curry Contest. Her curry was voted by 95% of the public as being in the top three.

Over the last 16 years, Sharmini has been demonstrating her authentic Indian recipes at the York Food & Drink Festival to enable and inculcate the habit of eating fresh home-cooked meals using locally sourced produce.

York Food Festival: Yorkshire chefs, Demo Area, St Sampson’s Square
Sharmini Thomas, Indian cookery guru, will be demonstrating Curries from Food Paradise-Kerala, India. ‘Experience the journey of creating authentic flavored curries from the land of spices Kerala with fresh and locally sourced Yorkshire produce’.

Sharmini’s recipes are designed to be adapted to one’s individualistic choices. Whether you’re a non-vegetarian, vegan, lactose intolerant, allergic to nuts, you can rest assured that Sharmini will help you find a way to make room for Indian cooking and dishes in your life. Sharmini also provides a deep insight into the origin and health benefits of spices – something often overlooked by many experts.

In addition to running her regular workshops, Sharmini also conducts bespoke cookery events on request. Her Psychology and NLP qualifications coupled with her wide culinary repertoire has enabled her to conduct several group events focusing on Team building, Mental Health and Mindfulness.

More recently, her latest recipes are being featured on YouTube and Facebook, and are being developed further, to reach a broader audience who might not be able to physically attend her cooking seminars. 

You can follow Sharmini on Instagram, Facebook, Youtube, Twitter & Linkedin for recipes, updates on classes or even to have a friendly conversation.


City and Guilds 7307 Further and Adult Education Teachers’ Certificate

Certificate in Home Science

Food Hygiene Certificate

Safeguarding Awareness Training

Certificate on Vegetable carving

Degree in Psychology

Practitioner in Neuro – Linguistic Programming

Certificate in Life Coach

Gift vouchers for 2022 are available for purchasing and cookery team building