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Lounge Review |APB Cook Studio, Mumbai

Lounge Review |APB Cook Studio, Mumbai

It all began with the first season of MasterChef Australia’s India telecasts. Food writer Rushina Munshaw-Ghildiyal had always been food-obsessed, but as her husband Shekhar began to bake bread and cake, she began to cook up sauces. The children began to participate, and soon they were a junk-food free and order-in free family. Munshaw-Ghildiyal began to visualize herself in a cooking studio, imparting this gift to the world.

That studio, the APB (named after her existing food and beverage consulting firm, it stands for A Perfect Bite) Cook Studio, was inaugurated on 8 August in Mumbai.

The good stuff

The APB Cook Studio puts some spunk into the sonorous, aunty-driven cooking class the bulk of us have been restricted to. It is a professional space, which means it comes with ample overhead lighting, air-conditioning, two large industrial-sized sinks, a prep station, six workstations, induction hobs, gleaming Siemens’ sponsored ovens and microwaves, chimneys, double-door fridges, and Kenwood-sponsored kitchen appliances.

Munshaw-Ghildiyal is also growing her own indoor herb garden and the walls are getting a fun foodie mural. Food art, and her own collection of foodie memorabilia, makes it a fun space to cook in. It comes with a fully equipped pantry—from sauce to grain. The classes will cover a variety of world cuisine.

Munshaw-Ghildiyal plans to invite experts from the food industry to participate. “It’s not all about me teaching everything. I want this to be a hub for the food world. Unlike most demo-style classes, two students to a work station allows people to cook for themselves. We will restrict class strength to 10-12," Munshaw-Ghildiyal says. If they do stick by all that, it should be well worth a class.

The not-so-good

It’s still early days and their ambitions are sky-high. The space is industrial, difficult to find and located off-road in the most traffic-jam infested part of Mumbai. Despite their best intentions, the space does look too small to accommodate even the modest class size of 10-12. As any cook knows, 12 people in a kitchen needs some amount of manoeuvring. There are two ovens (and two microwaves), so how will baking times work out for all 12 when the batter is ready? The classes will need some planning.

Talk plastic

Demo-style classes are at 1,500-2,000 per class. Cookalongs range from 2,500-7,000, depending on the class. For instance, a forthcoming fondant class is 6,000 for a whole day’s session, which includes all the ingredients and the cost of a professional from Hyderabad. Classes are currently held once a day from 10am-2pm, but the studio will soon start two classes a day in the 4-8pm slot. Special classes are held on weekends. Munshaw-Ghildiyal has not yet decided on a rate for the food gym activities, for corporate rentals, or pre-set menu rentals, etc.—these can be decided on a case-by-case basis with the team, she says.

The APB Cook Studio is located at 301, Shrishti Plaza, Saki Vihar Road, Marol, Andheri East, Mumbai. For details, call 42152799 or email info@apbcookstudio.com.

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