TV – BBC 2 Alex Polizzi Chefs on Trail, BBC 2 Harvest 2015 and itv Food Glorious Food
Sweet Cumin run by Bini Ludlow has had an amazing year from featuring on Series 1 BBC 2 Alex Polizzi Chefs on Trail June 2015. Bini showcased traditional Gujarati home cooking to the owners of Potli Restaurant Hammersmith London. She is also due to appear on Harvest BBC 2 on Thursday 15th October 2015 8pm where she will discuss how spices in Indian food can match up with cider .
Bini also represented Loyd Grossman on itv Food Glorious Food with her Ultimate Curry; West Country slow cooked shoulder of lamb with tiger prawns curry and reached the national quarter finals. the recipe featured in the book that accompanied the programme. Comments from the judges:-
Loyd Grossman ‘Reminds me so much of India, incredible complexity which delivered at all levels its intention, conception & execution’
Tom Parker Bowles ‘Superb! It’s one of the best curries I have tasted. It’s spectacular. It sits with the best.’
April Preston Head of food development at M&S ‘It was an exotic combination, fantastic blend of spices that I have never seen before’.
Bini’s Ready meals have made it into The delicious magazine Produce Awards 2016 Finals click here to view her story and what happens next.
Mendip Business Awards 2016 - Finalist
The Guardian - UKs Top Foodie Courses for Indian Food click here to view the review.
Bini’s homemade ready meals have achieved a total of 5 awards with the Great Taste Awards - achieving 3, 1* 2015 and 2* Lamb and Spinach curry and 1* Gujarati Toor Dal 2014. All the award winning dishes taste unique, using different spicing for each curry showcasing Gujarati food has what it takes to stand up against other artisan producers throughout the UK.
Sweet Cumin has more recently been awarded Taste of the West Best South West Local food to go 2015, 2014 and 2103 for the local food on the go category and short listed as a finalist for the title of South West Local Food Takeaway of the Year 2015 third year in a row.
Sweet Cumin has been shortlisted as a finalist in The British Cookery School Awards 2013 in the People’s Choice Award 2013.
The cookery school has been fortunate to have many supporters that have helped promote the best of the South West. Thatcher’s cider and Country Sports South West have sponsored events by providing cider talks as well as tastings as well as game and clay shooting to showcase the various products and services there is to offer in the area. Also, more recently, Bristol based Bart Spices and Sweet Cumin are now buddies and now provides the spices for the cookery school. – 2013.
The collaboration with Thatcher’s Cider has since extended to a cider and food pairing campaign. It is the first of its kind to showcase local produce to match spicy Indian food with cider. Bini has developed a range of curries to match four ciders ( Thatcher’s Cider GOLD, HAZE, VINTAGE, KATIE, RED, OLD RASCAL & ROSE) which work perfectly with each variety. The partnership has allowed cafes, pubs and restaurants throughout the UK, AUSTRALIA and USA to use the recipes on their menus and serve the local cider as an alternative to wine and larger. Bini has also conducted talks and tasting of all the dishes to experts in the drinks and consumer magazines in London and Bristol.
Royal visit and tasting – as part of the project with Thatcher’s, Bini presented her dishes to HRH Prince Edward and The Countess of Wessex. The feedback was outstanding and they thoroughly enjoyed the dishes and discussed the new concept. http://www.thatcherscider.co.uk/food-pairing/binis-dishes.ashx to view the dishes for Thatcher.
Gujarati Rotlo, using juwar flour an alternative to chapattis
Bini is also an official blogger for the Huffington Post, s http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/bini-ludlow/ to view Bini’s page. She has written about the use of spices, their health benefits, gluten free Indian bread and savoury cakes, how chillies are brilliant for weight loss!
She has written articles for the Cook Vegetarian. Crumbs Magazine , Featured as a leading lady in Food Magazine South West, Somerset Life, Western Daily Press, Western Morning News, Somerset Guardian, Bristol Post, Journal MSN, Cook magazine. Has had foodies such as Xanthe Clay ( Daily Telegraph) come along to the school and try some of the dishes.
Dear Bini, Thanks you so much – I loved your gentle teaching style and learnt so much. Looking forward to cooking the recipes at home – and eating them. Best Wishes Xanthe Clay.
Coriander and Blueberry Cake Ginger and Lime Cake
Bini has talked and taken in her culinary delights live on Radio, featured on 5 day profile on Indian food with BBC Bristol, as well as a regular contributor for Friday cake o clock, news and recorded interviews with Somer Valley FM.
She has featured on BBC Radio 5 Live talking business, Featured on BBC Business news, BBC South West and Radio 4 case study after the referendum.
Great Bath Feast and Exeter Food Festival
She has compared and judged at the Curry Cook Off for three years at the Exeter Food Festival with Michael Caines MBE. Working with MC Academy in partnership with Exeter College.
Has worked in collaborations with www.myvirginkitchen.com – six You tube videos showcasing how easy it is to cook curry in your kitchen and having fun along the way.
Bini has conducted demonstrations on the chefs theatres at Bristol and Oxford Foodies Festival; The Great Bath Feast, Wells Food Festival, Food Rocks Ardingly, Nottingham Food Festival, Dolphin Centre, Poole.
She enjoys conducting public talks and demonstrations to the WI and ladies groups throughout Bristol, Avon and Somerset and has many bookings into 2015.
Crumbs magazine, Featured in Flavour Magazine South West as a leading lady working in the food industry, the World of Food Magazines, Cook vegetarian (online and printed), Bath Chronicle, Mendip Times, Wells journal, Western daily press are all journals that Bini has contributed recipe and articles about Gujarati food.
Bini is an official Blogger for the Huffington Post she has written articles on blending spices, weight loss and curry and budget cooking. http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/bini-ludlow/
Bini is very passionate about working with local producers and has so far collaborated with Country Sports South West (game), Thatches Cider, Bart Spices, Bath Harvest using products in within her recipes. She is more recently conducting links with the sensory trust to explore growing vegetables with a local nursing home. She is also a Somerset Guardian for the Somerset Community Foundation. She has supported Porter charity, British Heart Foundation and local charities throughout Somerset.
Bini is a regular supporter of community projects such as the Peasedown Youth Hub and Valley Project Bath – St Marks School and Second sight charity for the RUH Bath to save eye sight in rural India and help raise over £10,000.
Teaching and Learning
Working with The Royal High School Bath and Clifton High School Bristol on a skills based curriculum linked course is an exciting opportunity and with her secondary school teaching experience has come to know how to engage students from all ages how to cook Gujarati dishes.
Bini has also taught at Chew Magna Primary School the importance of cooking traditional Indian food, tasting spices and trying new foods as part of their India topic. Testimonial from a parent of one of the cooks:
‘I just wanted to let you know that my daughter Jane was really inspired by her cooking lesson with you. She has brought your recipe home and we are going to make it again this weekend, as she has now decided that she loves curry. I have tried to get her to taste my veg curry for years without success, but now I think she will try it and be more adventurous generally. Thank you for giving her a brilliant experience’ – Dr Nancy Jennings.