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Rita Shinde

I have been teaching since the year 2011


I was born in Diu and brought up in Goa. I can speak fluent Portuguese apart from Hindi, Konkani, Marathi and English. I have worked for more than twenty years in the Indian Customs Department. I am married to Mukund who is working as an Asst Commissioner in Indian GST Department. I have two lovely children. My son Anuj is an Engineer and MBA working with a tech company and my daughter Nikita is pursuing her Master's in CS from California.

What was your inspiration to get into cooking, food and teaching how to cook?

I am a passionate cook. Over the years, I have built my skills into not only cooking Goan Cuisine but also regional Indian Cuisine apart from baking breads and cakes. Having a keen interest in Cooking and with a strong backing and ideas coming from my husband and children, I finally started my kitchen journey in the year 2011 by teaching and extending cooking classes, workshops and culinary tours to the travelers visiting Goa from all over the world. I resigned from the Indian Customs and gave my cooking passion full time and also converted it into a full time job. I am loving it.

What excites you the most about your work?

I love the fact that I meet travelers from different parts of India as well the world. There is so much of culture exchange and camaraderie over interactive culinary workshop and cooking classes.

How do you select the menu for you classes?

I mainly focus on Goan and Indian regional cuisine. Over the years of experience I understand what the travelers look forward and also over the exchange of mails I customise the class accordingly to the taste and palate of the travelers.

What do you love the most about cooking?

I love to teach and feel satisfied when I see the intense smile and satisfaction on the faces of the travelers.

Additional information

Celebrate the Joy of Cooking is the tag line which I would like to share.