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Mallika Basu

Mallika Basu is a food writer and the author of cookbooks Masala and Miss Masala. She comments and consults on the role of food and drink in society, culture, diversity, and the wider economic agenda and is a seasoned presenter, panel chair, speaker and workshop host.


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, Aldi, Braun, The Rice Association, Elmlea and Tilda Basmati. She regularly provides comments and columns for BBC, London Evening Standard, Speciality Food Magazine, The Grocer, and Waitrose.


Mallika started a “business of food” consultancy combining her two careers in the midst of the pandemic in 2020. Since then, she has trained over 800 people in the food and drink industry on cultural appropriation, diversity and inclusion including Jamie Oliver Group, Waitrose, Guild of Fine Food and Penguin Random House. She is committee member for diversity at the Guild of Food Writers.


Mallika is also the co-founder of a spice business called SIZL Spices, a finale judge for the Guild of Fine Food’s Great Taste Awards and brings a unique inside outside view to all her work engagements. She has an undergraduate degree in Business Studies and a Master’s Degree in Journalism. When she isn’t working, Mallika is to be found being bossed around by her two children, or out and about eating and drinking for England with her colourful friends.


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