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Mallika Basu

Mallika is a food writer, commentator, and the author of cookbooks Masala and Miss Masala. She is a seasoned presenter, panel chair and speaker with a particular focus on food, people and planet. She is also podcast host and interviewee for (BBC) Good Food.


Born and brought up in Kolkata, India, Mallika has had a long career in the PR & communications industry alongside which she developed a speciality writing accessible wholesome recipes that increase knowledge about the food of India and spices. She has delivered still and video brand partnerships for the likes of Waitrose, Morrisons, Braun, Aga Cookers, Tesco, Aldi, Braun, Elmlea and Tilda Basmati.


Mallika regularly provides comments and columns for BBC, London Evening Standard, Speciality Food Magazine, The Grocer, and Waitrose. She co-presents the Guild of Fine Food’s Great Taste Awards, and has been MC at festival theatre kitchens, chair of events on sustainable nutrition and a speaker/educator on culture, diversity and inclusion. She is a Board Adviser for Be Inclusive Hospitality and is the Committee lead for diversity at the Guild of Food Writers.


When not cooking, talking or writing about food, Mallika is to be found being bossed around by her two teenage children, or enjoying laughs with her colourful friends.


Mallika Basu’s agent is Hilary Murray, who can be contacted at [email protected]