Award-winning Celebrity Chef Dipna Anand grew up in London amongst a family of chefs. Feeding the nation ‘real authentic’ Indian food at their famous Brilliant Restaurant in Southall (voted as part of Ramsay’s Best for Channel 4), of which Dipna is now co-owner. For more information on Brilliant Restaurant please visit www.brilliantrestaurant.com.
Since the age of 18, cooking is all Dipna knew. She began work at the Brilliant restaurant at a young age, learning all the top tricks, secret recipes as well as creating her own signature dishes. Her passion for cooking and being keen to teach others to cook, stemmed from the way Dipna had been taught from her very own father, who in turn was taught by his father. Dipna's mum is also a master of her kitchen at home and till date Dipna still picks up key secret and tips from her mum who Dipna believes is the best chef she knows.
To gain further knowledge and insight into the industry she loved, Dipna studied and gained a first-class honours degree in Hospitality and Catering from The University of West London and was awarded a post-graduate scholarship. During her scholarship, she began teaching Indian cuisine at the university and soon started lecturing in Catering and Hospitality in four colleges and University establishments, in and around London, which she still carries out today.
For Dipna it is important for her to pass on all her knowledge and expertise, which is why she opened her very own Cookery School at The Brilliant Restaurant, an informative, fun and well-constructed Indian cookery course (recognised by the University of West London). Open to the public, the courses continue to give Dipna true satisfaction, especially when her students are proud to produce dishes which are nothing less than ‘BRILLIANT’. To find out how to book Dipna’s courses please visit: www.brilliantrestaurant.com.
Dipna also gives the public opportunities to taste and buy her meals on a midweek basis. She, along with the help of her Brilliant team, prepares and creates meals for those who need inspiration and a helping hand for lunch or dinner.
Not only does she teach and co-own Brilliant Restaurant, Dipna released her very first cook-book titled ‘Beyond Brilliant’ in July 2014. Beyond Brilliant consists of over fifty recipes and tells the story of the ‘Brilliant’ family legacy and Dipna’s culinary journey. It is a must have for any curry lover and also includes Dipna’s award winning healthy recipes.
Dipna has produced a range of unique Indian dessert based ice-creams in collaboration with Marine Ices, these include Jalebi ice-cream, Gulab Jamun ice-cream and Gajar Halwa ice-cream available at her Brilliant Restaurant in Southall. She is a demo chef and loves engaging with the audience, proving to them that Indian food is simple to cook and if desired can be healthy and tasty at the same time. She has carried out many demos at universities, colleges, exhibitions and food festivals and has also worked on television (Raymond Blancs 10 week, The Restaurant, You’re Fried series as a Restaurateur judge, Ramsay’s cook-along, Ramsay’s Best Restaurant and The Hotel for Channel 4).
Dipna has been highly recognised for the work she does and was awarded 'Personality of the Year' in 2012 at The British Curry Awards where David Cameron announced her achievement and congratulated her on her success as a female chef in the Hospitality field.
To add to her success, Dipna recently appeared on the nation’s screens in December 2016, with the launch of her new lifestyle cookery show – Dip in Kitchen. The 10-week show, aired on B4U Music and delves into Dipna’s love and passion for Indian cooking, showcasing all sorts of Dipna’s authentic and signature recipes for the viewers to re-create in their very homes. To view all the episodes please click here.
The secret of Dipna’s success is purely based on dedication, passion, determination together with a continuing love affair with Indian cooking and a can-do attitude which inspires her everyday.