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Romy Gill MBE

Romy Gill MBE is one of the few female Indian chef/owners in the UK, having opened Romy’s Kitchen Restaurant, in September 2013 in Thornbury. Romy was awarded a MBE for her services to hospitality industry on the Queen's 90th Birthday Honours list in 2016. She has been a judge on the Chef's table in 2016 Celebrity Masterchef finals and was the resident cook for April 2016 in the Guardian newspaper. Romy is also a regular contributor to BBC Radio 4 and also writes for various magazines and newspaper.

Romy developed her passion for cooking after emigrating to the UK and pining for proper home cooking. Born in Burnpur, West Bengal, Romy’s menu reflects her childhood; her father worked in a steel plant and many different people visited their home, bringing their food and culture with them. Romy was inspired by the varied cooking styles she encountered, and loves to experiment with local ingredients.

Starting with dinner parties, then hosting cookery classes, Romy eventually started her own range of chutneys, sauces, pickles and spice mixes, which she still sells in her restaurant. She is passionate about health and natural, local ingredients. Her dishes combine the spices and flavours that she grew up with in India with ingredients that she was only introduced to when she moved to the UK: a blend of Indian flavours and ingredients produced locally to her Thornbury restaurant. Romy’s Kitchen Restaurant has been named as one of the top five places to eat in Bristol and the South-West in Trade–Its’ ‘The Ultimate Guide to Bristol’.

Romy demonstrates her cooking at festivals both in the UK and abroad. 
In January 2017, Romy returns as guest chef at Carousel London for second time for two weeks of chef residency.   She is Slow Food UK Chef Alliance member and cooked for England at Terra Madre Salone del Gusto, Turin, Italy in Sep, 2016.   Romy works with Frank Water Charity and Action Against Hunger Charity raising money which supplies clean drinking water in India and provide food and skills to people in Bangladesh, Burma and India. She ran Mumbai marathon in January 2015 to raise money for Frank Water Charity and travelled to Burma in September 2015 working with Action against Hunger Charity visiting a number of their projects. In December 2016 she organised Severn Sisters Feast in Bristol to raise money for Action against Hunger Charity.