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Mamta Bhattacharyya

Press Release - 07 August 2007

Enterprise course cooks up Indian cuisine

Authentic Indian cuisine is taking off in homes around Swindon, thanks to a thriving new business set up by a student of the University of Bath in Swindon’s Women into Enterprise scheme.

Mamta Bhattacharyya, from Aldbourne, completed the training scheme last month and her new business, offering Indian cookery lessons at home, is already proving popular.

Over 150 people have attended evening or weekend courses at Mamta’s home, in small classes of up to six, and in her adult community education courses at Swindon College. Each session includes a cookery demonstration of a range of authentic tried-and-tested family recipes, the chance to chop, stir and taste, and to enjoy the finished dishes.

“My courses are very personal and people get really involved with the colour, texture and smells of cooking,” said Mamta. “It’s very rewarding for me.”

“You don’t need any cooking expertise to come on one of my courses, you just need to be open to adventure. Cooking Indian food isn’t about creating posh food. It’s very hands-on and it’s all about concentrating on the combinations and the flavours.”

Mamta and her family moved from London to Aldbourne in 2005. With two small children she wanted to find a work interest that would fit with family life and a friend’s compliment on her cooking sparked the idea for her new career.

Mamta began the enterprise training course at the University’s Business Hub in September 2006. She says that it has helped her to progress as a person, giving her confidence, support, business know-how and helping her to identify her priorities.

Teaching is the focus of Mamta’s business, called Rasoi -Hindi for Indian Kitchen- but she has plenty of ideas for new developments. She recently catered for 120 people at a lavish Indian-themed birthday party, and is now working with her local primary school, St Michael’s in Aldbourne, to make her dishes a regular feature on their school dinner menu.

“So far I’ve been feeding the adults, but now I want to see what the children think. What better way to celebrate the different cultures we have in Swindon than through food.”

Mamta is also making plans to offer her courses as a team-building event for businesses.

Mamta’s next set of courses will run in the last two weeks of August, with a four-hour teaching session and meal priced at £90 per person. For more information and other course options please call Mamta on 0775 9970915 or email

The Women into Enterprise scheme offers training and support for women who want to start their own business and is run by the University’s Business Hub at the Oakfield campus in Swindon.

For an informal chat about the training scheme, women are invited to contact the Business Hub on 01793 328776 or see the Related Links section to visit the website. The next scheme starts in October and runs through to July 2008, with weekly morning or evening sessions.

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