Romy Gill MBE
Romy Gill – Head Chef & owner of Romy’s Kitchen
Chef Romy Hardeep Gill MBE is a British/Indian chef and cookery teacher and a food writer, based in Thornbury, South Gloucestershire. She is the owner and head chef at Romy’s Kitchen, Restaurant, which opened in September 2013 on Castle Street, Thornbury. She is one of the few female Indian chef/owners on the UK restaurant scene, and was appointed an MBE in the Queen’s 90th birthday honours list in 2016, for services to the hospitality industry.
Romy’s style of Indian cooking is very different from that found at the majority of Indian restaurants in the UK. She avoids the use of unnatural food colourings, and is a fan of combining Indian and British cuisine.
Romy combines spices and flavours that she grew up with in India with ingredients that she was only introduced to when she moved to the UK, creating dishes such as gurnard cooked in coconut milk, tomatoes, tomato purée, ginger, garlic and her own spice blend. Monkfish marinated in turmeric and lemon juice, then cooked with onions, ginger, garlic, mustard seeds, 5 spice mix paste and her own spices.
In 2014, Romy was shortlisted for the 15th Asian Women of Achievement Awards (AWA), which celebrate women who make an “outstanding contribution to our culture” and Romy demonstrates her cooking at festivals both in the UK and abroad. In the UK, she has given demonstrations at the BBC Good Food Show, Taste of London, Grand Designs exhibition, Big Feastival, Abergavenny, Dartmouth and Padstow Christmas Festival. Abroad she has demonstrated at food and cultural festivals in Abu Dhabi, New York City and other locations.
In addition, Romy gives talks and cookery demonstrations in schools where she discusses how food is cultivated, the importance of eating with the seasons and the impact of food on the environment.
For the last three years, Romy has been doing a guest chef series at Carousel London and has been a guest chef in various other restaurants and cooking schools.
Romy contributes regularly to food publications such as Crumb, Olive, Delicious, Saveurand, Food52 and was featured in The Guardian, where she had a residency in April 2016, The Observer, The Telegraph & The Independent newspapers.
Romy is a regular and a judge for the BBC Radio 4 Food and Farming Awards plus has been featured on Saturday Live, BBC Woman’s hour, BBC Asian Network and 5 Live.
In 2017, Romy travelled to India with Suitcase Magazine, where she explored and wrote articles on Ladakh, the Andaman and Nicobar Islands and writes regularly for them.
Romy appeared as a guest judge on Celebrity MasterChef 2016, and also cooked alongside The Hairy Bikers in their Comfort Food series. She has featured as the subject of a film short on “Family Dinners” on Food Network UK. She has appeared on James Martin’s Saturday Morning Show and was back on MasterChef recently. She is working other TV projects at the moment!
Romy raises lots of money for various charities from Action Against Hunger to Frank Water.
Romy is writing her first book, due to be published in 2018.
Photo credit to Kirstie Young.