Prashad is home to Minal, our Head Chef and runner up on Gordon Ramsay’s Best Restaurant TV series.
Minal was born to have a special and fruitful bond with food...
After marrying Bobby in 2004, she moved over to the UK to live with Bobby and his family. From the moment she stepped off the plane it was a very steep learning curve. Some of which is down to coming from a world which was slower and simpler and in some ways much more peaceful than ours.
As you might expect from growing up in a traditional Gujurati village, Minal’s interest in cooking began at an early age. Cutting out recipes from the local newspaper, going home and making it straight away and then following an age old custom of sharing with the rest of the village. Soon after completing a professional cookery course in India, local villagers began to bring their ingredients to Minal’s family home, to watch her prepare their food. Learning from her mum and family, Minal was able to prepare a full family meal aged just 7.
Imagine her excitement after finding out what Bobby's family did for a living!
After stepping into the Prashad kitchen for the first time, she was quick off the mark to learn from Kaushy and share her knowledge. Hara Bara kebab was the first dish she introduced to the restaurant and it's still a firm customer favourite today.
The early years weren't that straightforward, Minal would work busy days at the Deli/Café and spend her days off at college learning English. This allowed her to create meaningful relationships with customers, friends and suppliers.
In 2007, Minal received the ‘keys to the restaurant’ and took over the role of Head Chef. Since then, Minal and her team have attained numerous accolades and awards that set Prashad apart from all of the other Indian restaurants in the North of England whilst continuing to develop new twists on centuries old recipes and dishes. This isn't enough though and each day she strives for better and evaluates how to improve.
Minal isn't driven by money or materialistic things but good food, spending time with her family, India and a passion to succeed.
Family is her world.
Minal's inspiration comes from her mum and making her parents proud is very important to her. Every so often, childhood friends from her village will visit the restaurant and Minal relishes the chance to play host knowing every detail no matter how small will be fed back to her mum in India.
Seeing daughter Maitri grow up in the restaurant, spend time around her parents and show an interest in food is a bonus. She can't wait to share her knowledge and nurture her culinary skills.