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In the Kitchen with Shivesh Bhatia

While the rest of us wasted our childhoods in jungle gyms and sandpits, 20 year-old Shivesh Bhatia played in heaped-high spoonfuls of sugar. A student at Delhi’s Hindu college by day, Shivesh is a baking wunderkind by night (and other hours), whipping up confections that are as gorgeous as they are delicious, and on his Instagram feed for hours of mid-afternoon yearn-scrolling (guilty).

He might’ve apprenticed under Pooja Dhingra of Mumbai’s Le15 Patisserie (Ed note: around the corner from our store in Kala Ghoda, should you find yourself in that neighbourhood), but Shivesh’s baking journey began with something rather more relatable: with failed Betty Crocker cake mix experiments with cousins over the weekend. Been there, still doing that.

Shivesh told us how, growing up, his grandmother's stories seamlessly blended in with recipes and lessons on how to whip up decadent chocolate cakes. His Instagram feed sits somewhere between Christmas, the Faraway tree, and a Wonka Factory, and we got a little peek at how to #BakeWithShivesh (always with dollops of cream cheese frosting and fresh blueberries).

Pastry chef(s) that you admire most?
Pooja Dhingra!

Your favourite dessert?
Chocolate chip cookies.

Would you compete in a professional cook-off?
Of course!

Favourite cuisine?

If you were to meet Nigella Lawson, you’d say…

Favourite savoury dish?
Pizzas for the win.

Ingredients you can’t do without?
Eggs and fruit.

In another life you’d be…
A passion fruit macaron. Haha!

The Pope is to Vatican City, like Nicobar is to…

One person you’d want to share kitchen space (and knowledge/expertise) with?
Linda Lomelino.

Your favourite film on food?

For pro-tips on food styling and photography from Shivesh, go here, find him on Instagram here and on his website here.

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