LEELA’S KITCHEN H
earing a roar of a motorbike and seeing the cool leather clad motorbiking chef and spice trader that is Kumar Menon, you’d surely know you were in for a great night. So many enjoyed and still enjoy Kumar’s workshops, lessons and dinner parties (albeit he now drives a car too!) that it inspired him to launch his range of spices for sale that have been widely awarded and stocked in all the best retailers on the Island and now he’s ready to take over the UK too. The key reason to start Leela’s Kitchen was to start offering healthy Indian cookery workshops to clients at their residence in Isle of Man, U.K. However, the business has grown from cookery workshops to providing tailor made dinner parties, bespoke marinated meats and Award winning premium spices & Award winning Onion bhaji mix.
A FAMILY LEGACY
Kumar started Leela’s kitchen in memory of his late nana Leela. His Grandmother and his mother are the inspiration behind his passion for food, especially Indian food, spices and the culinary journey. To continue the
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WE MEET KUMAR MENON, FOUNDER OF THE MULTI AWARD WINNING LEELA’S KITCHEN TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE BUSINESS, THE ISLE OF MAN, AND HOW YOU CAN GET HOLD OF HIS AWARD WINNING PRODUCTS!
WITH CHRISTMAS AROUND THE CORNER, THE SPICE GIFT PACK (ABOVE LEFT) IS A PERFECT OFFERING, AND WITH FREE SHIPPING ON ORDERS OVER £25!
family tradition and journey Kumar’s daughter Leela is also interested in food and spices and Kumar hopes to grow Leela’s kitchen and one day hand over the reigns to Leela. Spices are also a family legacy & business; Kumar’s grandfather started trading spices way back in 1950’s out in Jew town, Kerala, India. This makes Kumar a third generation spice trader. His love for great food and association with the spice business aspired him to launch the new premium range of spices not just to the Isle of Man but also to the world. Most of his spices are actually family recipes, such as the Garam Masala, Mild Curry (Great taste award winner) and Vindaloo (authentic Goan recipe, also a great taste award winner).
DON’T JUST TAKE OUR WORD FOR THE QUALITY OF LEELA’S KITCHEN PRODUCTS! After already winning Great Taste awards for his Mild Curry Powder and his Vindaloo Curry Powder back in 2016, and a Q award for his Onion Bhaji Mix in 2016, he has now added to his collection of awards with another two Great Taste awards! Winning Great Taste awards for both the Tumeric Powder and his Malabar Bold Black Peppercorns, Kumar, who has only just come back from a ‘culinary journey’ across south India where he visited the plantations where his peppercorns come from said that it was “fantastic News” to come back to. l www.leelaskitchen.co.uk
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