Chef Romy Hardeep Gill MBE is a British/Indian chef and cookery teacher and a food writer, based in Thornbury, South Gloucestershire. She is the owner and head chef at Romy’s Kitchen, Restaurant which opened in September 2013 on Castle Street, Thornbury. She is one of the few female Indian chef/owners on the UK restaurant scene, and was appointed an MBE in the Queen’s 90th birthday honours list in 2016
Gill’s style of Indian cooking is very different from that found at the majority of Indian restaurants in the UK. She avoids the use of unnatural food colourings, and is a fan of combining Indian and British cuisine. She combines spices and flavours that she grew up with in India with ingredients that she was only introduced to when she moved to the UK.
Romy contributes regularly to food publications such as Crumbs, Olive, Delicious, Saveur and Food52, and has featured in The Guardian, where she had a residency in April 2016, The Observer, The Telegraph, Evening Standard. In 2017, Romy travelled to India with Suitcase Magazine, where she explored and wrote articles on Ladakh and the Andaman and Nicobar Islands and writes regularly for them.
Romy is the new monthly recipe columnist for indy online and has written and featured in various magazines and newspapers. Romy is a regular and a judge for the BBC Radio 4 Food and Farming Awards plus has been featured on Saturday Live, BBC Woman’s Hour, BBC Asian Network and 5 live.
Romy appeared on Celebrity MasterChef, Masterchef, The Hairy Bikers in their Comfort Food series. She has featured as the subject of a film short on “Family Dinners” on Food Network UK, James Martin Saturday TV and is back on Masterchef series in UK. She is working other TV projects at the moment!
Romy has been signed by a publisher and is working on her first cookbook.
Photograph by Kirstie Young