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Easy as pie Rachel Allen bakes
Easy as pie Rachel Allen bakes

Rachel Allen’s show will feature all you wanted to know about baking

Rachel Allen has authored four bestselling cookery books, including Rachel’s Favourite Food at Home and Rachel’s Food for Living.

She is also renowned for a range of popular television series that have been broadcast internationally. And, she is currently hosting “Rachel Allen: Bake”, a show on Discovery Travel and Living.

Says Rachel: “I love baking. I used to bake cakes, biscuits and cookies with my siblings and mother, when I was growing up.”

Cakes and tarts

On the show, Rachel presents essential baking skills and showcases the fun side of baking.

She churns out quick snacks, wholesome breads and pies, exotic cakes and tarts or easy-baked meals and also offers troubleshooting techniques for common problems one may encounter in the kitchen.

Talking about the show, Rachel says: “I will be whipping up many dishes in the course of the show. I shall also travel and learn more about baked food products across the world, from street food to big hotels. This show manages to combine two of my favourite activities — eating and travelling.”

She adds: “I will also visit champions of the baking world such as Eric Lanlard and Mich Turner.”

When Rachel is not cooking, she writes cook books and teaches students at Ballymaloe Cookery Institute. “I enjoy teaching, since it helps me learn many new things myself. I feel that teaching has helped me hone my culinary skills. It also keeps me updated with the latest fads in the trade.”

Creative profession

She feels that professional training, even in a discipline such as cooking, helps understand the concept behind various preparations and provides a professional touch.

She says: “I learnt a lot and developed a keen interest in cooking during my stint at Ballymaloe Institute. I always wanted to be involved in a creative profession. Cooking happened by chance and has been a superb experience.”

Facing the camera is not very different and is fairly similar to conducting a cooking class, feels Rachel. Rachel does not divulge her favourite cuisines, but feels that Indian cuisine does hold a lot of promise. “I enjoy many spicy chicken preparations and Goan preparations such as vindaloo a lot,” she says. For those pursuing cooking as a serious option, Rachel contends: “It is a fairly demanding job. You need to enjoy your work and have a modicum of talent to be successful. Hard work and passion is the key to a successful career in the field.”

“Rachel Allen: Bake” will be telecast on Discovery Travel and Living on Wednesdays at 10 p.m.

NIKHIL VARMA

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