Well, we all know how crazy Pakistanis are about great food. Well, to make our scope narrower, we know how crazy Lahori people are about food too! Oh, and talk about a girl who can cook practically every cuisine there is…Japanese, Chinese, Italian, French etc. Well, you’re in luck, because we happened to come across this amazing Lahori girl who makes mouth watering food, and its tempting to just go through the pictures of all the food she cooks!
All about Salwa:
Salwa Gardezi is a student of Business Administration studying at Lahore Grammar School Defence (International Degree Programme), affiliated with University of London with London School of Economics as their leading school. Salwa completed her A’levels from LGS phase 5, after which she decided that she did not want to pursue studies anymore, instead, she wanted to devote her life to making mouth watering food and giving everyone’s taste buds the best food ever!
Salwa was only 8 when she discovered this passion for cooking. She started experimenting with food back then, and by the age of 15 she had a professional online cake company called the “Cake Boutique” where she made designer cakes. Her cakes were not only beautiful in looks, they were delicious in taste too! She recalls her grandmother being her mentor, and she says YouTube helped her in her learning process as well.
Salwa’s cooking journey:
After A’levels, Salwa tells that she took a 3 month course at SCAFA, Lahore, where they taught her from the basics of cooking like cutting vegetables to cooking every cuisine.
Salwa took to Dubai right after her course, and was there for a month working at a 3 Michelin star restaurant, Jean Georges, which is a New York based French restaurant. She recalls it as one of the best experiences she’s had. While people paid 500 dirhams for a single dish, Salwa made and ate those dishes for free! It helped her understand how to manage a restaurant, the pressure one faces under several orders, and well..there were times when she messed up too, like serving spicy strawberries on a chocolate mousse to the customers. But guess what? They loved it!
This March Salwa Gardezi went to Dubai SCAFA for a finishing course, where she learnt a new dish every day. Apparently at culinary school they make you eat everything you cook, no matter what it is, and the worst thing Salwa’s ever tasted was the Beef Tartar, which was raw beef only seasoned slightly! Oh, not to mention, she never eats beef, let alone raw beef!
After such a great cooking experience, Salwa believes she’s become a great food critique, and isn’t fond of any places in Lahore to have great food at. She mostly has comfort food when she goes out. She can take flaws out easily, but she also points her that her favorite food is French cuisine and French patisserie.
Future plans of this great chef:
Well, although Salwa Gardezi wished to discontinue her studies after A’levels in order to solely focus on cooking and food, she’s back in university now for a degree. Reason being, she thinks she needs more experience in restaurant management before she opens up her own restaurant, and this degree would help her with it.
Salwa’s main goal in life is to open up a restaurant and be an amazing chef. She says she doesn’t want to be rich as a chef, but to be well known with a reputable name as a celebrity Chef. Her inspiration is a French chef Dominique Crell, who was the first woman chef to ever receive a Michelin star. At her restaurant, the description under every dish is a poem, not mere sentences.
When asked where she sees herself In 10 years from now, Salwa said,
“I just want to be a celebrity chef, and I want to be known for my skills. I want to educate the people in Pakistan about French cuisine, and other cuisines in general”, mostly because people here are not familiar with the different kinds of cuisines in food.
Learn how to cook mouth watering food from this amazing chef:
So Salwa Gardezi has been generous enough to give us her recipes and teach us how to cook amazing – and mouth watering -food like her. She’s currently setting up cooking studio, where she will be giving classes to people willing to learn how to cook, and hopefully, she’ll start within a month.
Other than that, she’s promised to start tutorials up on her YouTube channel soon, but here’s one for now:
First tutorial up as promised ⭐️ Creamy Béchamel Pasta 200 grams pasta 1 clove chopped garlic 1 carrot (chopped) 1/2 capsicum (chopped) 30 grams butter 30 grams flour 300 ml milk 1 table spoon oregano 1/2 tablespoons red chilli flakes 1/2 teaspoon black pepper 1/2 teaspoon white pepper 1 tablespoon salt ( according to taste ) 2 processed cheese slices 1/2 cup boiled spinach (optional) 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella Boil the pasta in water seasoned with salt. Heat the pan, melt the butter, sauté garlic for a minute or until it changes its colour, add the veggies. Sauté them for about 2 minutes. Don’t overcook or else they’ll lose their crunch. In another pot on medium heat add the butter and flour, whisk them together and make a roux. Keep mixing until you get a dough texture. Gradually add the milk and keep whisking to avoid any lumps. Add the spices and salt. Mix well, then add the cheese slices to get a thick creamy consistency. Add the veggies and the boiled spinach and mozzarella. Toss in the pasta, give it a good mix. And serve! Hope you guys like my first tutorial, please do make use of my recipe and send me pictures to get featured on my blog and if you have any questions please inbox me. Enjoy ?? Ignore the talking, my sister came and started teasing me ??
You can reach out to Salwa on her Instagram, and look out for her cooking classes and YouTube tutorials.
We really hope to see Salwa Gardezi as an amazing chef a few years from now, and we hope she’s the first Pakistani woman chef to receive a Michelin star as well! Much love and prayers towards this amazing girl.