Sumayya is a food writer who specialises in Pakistani and Muslim heritage food. She is on a mission to put Pakistani cuisine, often misunderstood and confused for other South Asian ones, firmly on the culinary map. Sumayya has written for and appeared in numerous print and online publications, including BBC Good Food, Delicious, The Foodie Bugle, Fabulous Food, Good Housekeeping, Food Network UK and Vegetarian Living and is a Member of the Guild of Food Writers. She has appeared in Madhur Jaffery’s Curry Nation television series and contributed to the supporting cookbook. Currently working on her memoirs of Pakistani cuisine and contributing to Oxford University Press’s ‘The Oxford Companion on Pakistani Cuisine’, Sumayya also hosts her own cookery classes in many cookery schools across the U.K. including Divertimenti London, Sophie Grigson’s Oxford as well as her own private group classes.
You can watch a clip of Sumayya preparing her recipe ‘Rose Petal Lamb Chops’ here.
Sumayya’s first cookbook, SUMMERS UNDER THE TAMARIND TREE, was published by Frances Lincoln in April 2016. Her second cookbook, MOUNTAIN BERRIES AND DESERT SPICE, was also published by Frances Lincoln in 2017.
20 January – Sumayya on BBC Radio 4 Saturday Live
26 January – London, The Tale of Two Nations, a collaborative dinner with Vivek Singh at Anise Bar
February – Lahore Literary Festival
3 October – London, Unveiling Pakistan event with Peter Orborne
7 October – Cheltenham, Cheltenham Literature Festival appearance and book-inspired dinner
8 October – Ballymaloe, Ireland, Supperclub at Ballymaloe House
11 October – Bristol, Pop up guest chef with Romy’s Kitchen celebrating Pakistani and Indian food
17 October – London, Dock Kitchen Cookbook Club evening pop up
21 October – Bath, Spice Routes and Saffron Kingdoms event at Demuths Cookery School
22 October – London, Divertimenti Cookery School
28 October – London, Lahore Literary Festival panel with Madhur Jaffrey
29 October – Glasgow, Pop up collaboration with Cail Bruich
12 November – Edinburgh, Flavours of Pakistan and North India at Edinburgh New Town Cookery School
8 December – Perth, collaboration with Graeme Pallister of 63 Tay Street