My name is Sonia Oberai, I was born in Bombay but was raised here in London . My passion for cooking started from a young age , watching my mum cook every day. I was fascinated with all the spices she would use.

I started cooking from the age of 15, my mum taught me all her recipes and that is where the passion for cooking began. I got a lot of joy from seeing people enjoy my food!

I started my culinary journey by working for an airline catering company as a pastry chef. From making hundreds of desserts a day I wanted a change of direction so I started working in the ivy as a commis chef . Working in such a fast paced, very famous restaurant I gained experience and learned a lot of new skills!
I am now chef de Partie.

I would say I am very proud of myself from where I started and where I am now.
I still have a long way to go on my journey and I can’t wait to see what is next!

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