June 2020

Garima’s Student Story

By Garima Poddar

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Garima Poddar

Culinary Arts Management MA

A celebrity chef in her native India, Garima is a true inspiration to young female chefs, winning Young Chef India in 2014 as one of 30,000 students to compete in London.

Praised by renowned chefs such as Sanjeev Kapoor and Gordon Ramsay, the chef, author, nutritionist and TEDX speaker was hailed one of the top 100 women achievers of India by the country’s president, Shri Pranab Mukherjee, in 2016.

Completing her undergraduate degree in business administration at St Xavier’s College in Kolkata, Garima looked to University College Birmingham to further build her culinary and business skills.

“The University’s College of Food and Hospitality Management is widely reputed for offering the best culinary courses in the world,” she said.

“Its Culinary Arts Management degree combines my two interests, culinary arts and business, hence this was my first choice as a place to study.

“Studying here was an insightful culinary journey and an enriching experience. It opened up avenues for me to work on a global scale and has the best facilities to deliver the programme.

“When we think about cooking professionally, we often overlook cooking that comes from the soul. However, at University College Birmingham, I was able to develop this.”

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