Monisha Patil is a popular Indian chef and an author residing in the UK. She is famous for being the daughter of the famous Indian journalist Vimla Patil, and she is also the first wife of the Indian television actor Nitish Bharadwaj.
Monisha Patil was born in Mumbai. She did her schooling from Bombay International School and St Columba School in Mumbai. She then attended HR College of Commerce Mumbai. She holds a diploma in journalism from the London School of Journalism. She is graduated in Indian History, and she has studied at the Institute of Hotel Management, Catering Technology and Applied Nutrition, Mumbai from 1982 to 1985.
Height (approx.): 5′ 7″
Eye Colour: Black
Hair Colour: Black
Family & Caste
She was born in a Hindu family.
Parents & Siblings
Monisha is the daughter of the famous Indian journalist Vimla Patil, and Monisha has one brother.
Relationship, Husband & Children
On 27 December 1991, she got married to the famous Indian actor Nitish Bharadwaj. The couple is blessed with two children; a daughter and a son. Their daughter’s name is India Bharadwaj and son’s name is Arrush Bharadwaj. In 2005, Nitish and Monisha got divorced, and after their divorce, Monisha moved to London with her both children.
She worked as a guest lecturer at SOAS, the University of London for four months in 2013. She started her career as a chef in 2012 and joined The Bristol School of Food and Wine in the UK as a chef tutor. She has worked as a chef tutor at various cooking schools, including Ashburton Cookery School, Seasoned Cookery School, and The Bertinet Kitchen. In 2004, she started her cooking school, ‘Cooking With Monisha,’ situated in West London.
She started working as a writer at the age of 15, and she used to write about teenage problems. She has co-authored two books with her mother, “The Prestige Festival Cookbook” and “The Exotic Curries of the Orient.” Some of her books as an author include ‘Inside India,’ ‘Indian Beauty Secrets,’ ‘Great Diamonds of India,’ ‘The Indian Pantry,’ (shortlisted for the Food Writer’s Guild of Great Britain Award, it has been renamed The Indian Kitchen in its second edition) and ‘The Indian Luck Book.’
- Her full name is Monisha Patil Bharadwaj.
- While talking about her interest in writing, in an interview, she said,
My mother edited Femina (India’s leading women-related magazine) for 30 years. I grew up in her office with the smell of printing ink. I began writing when I was very young. At 15, I did a column on teenage interests and problems for the Evening News and continued free-lancing. I also co-authored two books with my mother, The Prestige Festival Cookbook and The Exotic Curries of the Orient. For a while, I did other things. For the last six years, I have concentrated on writing.”
- In an interview, when she was asked if she felt pressure pursuing her career as a writer as her mother Vimla Patil was a well-known journalist, she replied,
Not at all. Both of us acknowledge our writing styles are very different. Not better or worse, just different. There’s also the question of time. I’m writing 30 years after my mother began to write. Being Patil’s daughter was a huge advantage. I got the best exposure possible. I’ve met incredible people. My mother would be interviewing eminent persons and I would be around. I remember my mother interviewing Pandit Ravi Shankar (the sitar legend). When they finished, he asked me where I was going. I said I was going to college. So he dropped me to college in a taxi!”
- In 2003, she was awarded ‘Cookery Writer of the Year’ by the Guild of Food Writers.
- She has been invited as a judge at the Guild of Fine Food’s ‘Great Taste Awards’ for the past few years, and she has judged various cooking shows as well.
- She has also worked with Kew Gardens in 2019, where she talked about the benefits of Indian ingredients. She got the opportunity to work with the British Council on ‘How The British Fell in Love With Curry, a historical perspective from 1200-2017.’
- She was invited as a guest speaker at Welcome Collection, London in 2018, and Cookery Legends cruise around the British Isles in 2019.
- She follows a non-vegetarian diet.
- She started her training in Bharatanatyam dance form at the age of 4. She has studied the Indian classical dance for more than 30 years, and she has performed at various events across the world, including Nehru gallery, Victoria, Albert Museum, and in the presence of HM the queen.
- She is an avid animal lover and owns a pet dog, Archie.
- While she was in India before her divorce, she worked as a producer in a TV serial.
- She shared her favourite recipe in an interview, she said,
That’s a difficult question there are so many! I love the Butter Chicken for entertaining, the Tarka Dal as comfort food, and the Mung Dal Halwa as a special treat.”