Currysutra

San Carlos, CA

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How does your service stand out?

Chef Teena of invites you to join her on a food voyage through the heartlands of India and beyond. She has more than 20 years of experience in Indian cuisine. Her goal and vision are simple; to teach you how to make, eclectic and sustainable Indian vegetarian & vegan recipes effortlessly, packed with robust mouth-watering flavours and spices that have medicinal attributes. Teena's recipes are based on an old-world foundation & traditional Indian culinary style of cooking infused with a modern & health conscious focus on clean, seasonal and healthy ingredients, without sacrificing the flavour one bit. Her cooking classes are a hands-on experience where you can explore and chart new territories with the vast array of Indian curries & spices. Or, if you already know a thing or two, you can hone your skills and share what you learn with family & friends. Teena teaches Indian vegetarian & vegan cuisine in the San Francisco Bay Area. Some of her clients include Stanford University, Whole Foods Market, and the San Carlos Adult Community Center. For the past 10 years she has taught a multitude of private individuals and corporate clients in and around the Silicon Valley of Northern California. Most notably, Teena won the 2014 Live Well Network’s Summer Grilling Competition hosted by Chef Ryan Scott. The star dish that showcased her Indian heritage was a chic-Bollywood Curried Paneer & Veggie Pizza. Specialities Indian Curries Vegetarian & Vegan Cooking Eggless baking Indian Fusion Menu planning Recipe development Juicing Restaurant consulting Wellness coaching - salt, oil, sugar. Spice education Handcrafted spice blends (Etsy store)

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

Teaching people how to cook. Connecting with people. Educating people on the medicinal benefits of Indian spices. Sharing knowledge about the health & wellness aspect of food. Exposing people to the aromatic and vivacious cuisine of India. Exploring other cuisines, vegetarian inspired recipes.
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Location

San Carlos, CA 94070

Background check

Complete

Years in business

14

Times hired on Thumbtack

14

Reviews

12 Reviews
  • Avish N. Jul 23, 2016
    Private Cooking Lessons
    Verified Review
    I'm a professional chef working in San Francisco, I've been taking recurring classes with Teena independently to further educate myself in Indian Cookery. I've learned a bunch from Teena since starting class and i would highly recommend taking her classes whether you're an experienced cook or brand new to the kitchen. The pacing of the class is always perfect and the food is all delicious!
    Teena A. Jul 25, 2016

    Thank you Chef!! It's been a pleasure teaching you & passing along family owned & operated restaurant tips & tricks of Indian cuisine. I wish you all the best & a bright future ahead! Thank you for letting me be part of your culinary journey.

  • Martin S. Jun 20, 2016
    Private Cooking Lessons
    Verified Review
    Teena and Tony set up a venue, provided recipes and taught us to cook them. They are very knowledgeable and we learned a lot. The recipes are written in a professional chef's style and the kitchen tools are very good. Since this was their first time at the new venue there were some unexpected difficulties. We were too many people for the space. Tony, Teena and her helpers had a hard time keeping people that need more hand-holding productive, and could not spend a lot of time on the little sub-classes they had planned (knife skills, food science, etc)
    Teena A. Jul 25, 2016

    Martin, thank you for being patient & understanding. You were our first team building group in the new space. We really appreciate your feedback and will make some adjustments from this learning experience. We are pleased to announce that since your group cooked with us, we have had A+ rated team building events since. We live and learn:-)

  • Paul L. Jun 2, 2016
    Private Cooking Lessons
    Verified Review
    My wife and I had a fantastic private cooking class with Teena. The recipes were delicious, and Teena is an amazing teacher. We strongly recommend taking classes with Teena, and will likely do so again.
    Teena A. Jun 3, 2016

    Thank you Paul & Camille! It was a pleasure meeting you both and cooking with you:-)

  • Anish B. Dec 18, 2015
    Event Help and Wait Staff
    Verified Review
    Teena did a great job finding others to help us out, and managing the serving of a multi-course meal. She has a great attitude and is a pleasure to have around! We would happily use her services again. Thanks Teena!
    Teena A. Jan 18, 2016

    Thank you Anish! My team had a great time and it was our pleasure to assist. Happy New Year!

  • Rachel T. Nov 13, 2015
    Private Cooking Lessons
    Verified Review
    We had 3 people go to Teena's place in the Peninsula to have an Indian cooking lesson as part of our team bonding. (We're a small team.) It was a perfect experience! There are enough tasks that people of different cooking comfort levels can do, and the recipes were super accessible. We learned to do papdums, raita, a special pullao rice, kidney bean curry and aloo ghobbi mattar. Teena also had a little extra dessert for us. It was all so delicious! I was wary it would be too dietetic/ crunchy/ healthy, but Teena's focus is more on nutrition and what foods help with what conditions/ailments, and not really on dieting. My teammate was also wary since it was a vegetarian menu and she loves to cook meats and poultry, but she also ended up loving these recipes. I think 4 people, *maybe* 5, can fit in Teena's kitchen, but after that you should be prepared to use your own kitchen or another commercial kitchen you'd have to find access to.
    Teena A. Nov 13, 2015

    Thank you! It was my pleasure Rachel! I love teaching the wonderous vegetarian cuisine of India. I am happy that the veg aspect was satisfying:-) Spice can do wonders for the palate, and our health! Happy Holidays to you all.

  • Laurie F. Sep 12, 2015
    Private Cooking Lessons
    Verified Review
    I asked Chef Teena for a 1-hour seminar for my customer on substituting salt, fat and sugar in cooking. With that limited description she blew me away. She is professional, well prepared, bursting with ideas. Her presentation was informative, engaging, and entertaining. She is a natural in front of an audience. The simple, but fresh fare was easy to make and delicious! My customer was happy, I am ecstatic!! Thank you Chef Teena!!
    Teena A. Nov 13, 2015

    Laurie, you are most welcome! I am so glad we found each other. Credit goes to Thumbtack. I enjoy our projects and look forward to working with you more in 2016!

  • Natasha A. Sep 9, 2015
    Teena introduced me to the wonders of healthy Indian cooking. She is very innovative and versatile with ingredients and recipes. She can conjure up a great meal that is delicious and healthful in less than 30 minutes. She has in-depth knowledge of innumerable Indian spices. Her passion for cooking comes through very strongly in every interaction with her.
    Teena A. Nov 13, 2015

    I appreciate your kind words, Natasha. It's all about being organized, passionate, and giving. Most importantly, 'let food be thy medicine'. Thank you and see you again soon:-)

  • Joan L. Mar 16, 2015
    Delicious food!
    Teena A. Mar 19, 2015

    Thank you Joan! Glad you liked the curries:-)

  • Evelyn C. Mar 16, 2015
    Teena is a fantastic cooking teacher. She is patient and listens to what the student wants to learn. Teena has a charismatic teaching style that makes cooking fun! My goal was to become a healthier vegetarian and with Teena I learned entire meals from the tantalizing appetizer to the scrumptious dessert while sipping on homemade chai tea and mango lassi. Yum yummy! Thank you! Evelyn
    Teena A. Mar 19, 2015

    Evelyn, thank you for your lovely testimonial. I enjoyed our cooking sessions! It was a pleasure getting to know you and build a friendship. Looking forward to seeing you soon;-)

  • Beata C. Mar 16, 2015
    Private Cooking Lessons
    Verified Review Updated
    Teena introduced my friend and me to the wonders of Indian cooking in a fun, easygoing atmosphere. Teena is a joy to be around, and she demystified the use of Indian spices and tamed my fear of the (seemingly) involved cooking procedures. We made five dishes in under four hours with delicious taste treats all along the way. I am now a pressure cooker convert, and I will be getting my curry love on with new found confidence. I highly recommend Teena and expect to take additional classes from her in the near future.
    Teena A. Mar 19, 2015

    Thank you for the rave Ingrid:-) It was a pleasure meeting you and I am happy to learn that you are a pressure cooker convert...I can't live without my 3 PCs! Looking forward to teaching you more treasured family recipes. Stay spicy!

  • Verified Review Original
    Teena is fun to be with and a true expert on Indian cooking and the health benefits of particular spices. We made five different dishes, each a meal in itself. She was organized, had planned ahead, and was well prepared. I recommend Teena without reservation if you have ever wanted to learn how to cook Indian food.
    Teena A. Mar 15, 2015

    Thank you for the kind words Beata! It was my pleasure - now you have a glimpse of the wonderful cuisine of India and just how easy it is to prepare and how healthy it can be for our body. Hope to see you again soon:-)

  • Yvonne M. Mar 4, 2015
    Teena is born with "gormet talent". Coupled with her great energy and passion on cooking and serving delicious and healthy foods, she is amazing as a teacher, consultant and host. Her expertise on food science gives a whole new perspective on how we should all eat
    Teena A. Mar 15, 2015

    Yvonne, you are a great student and cheerleader. Thank you:-)

  • Rachel M. Mar 17, 2014
    Teena gives great (and authentic) insights and instruction, I learned a ton!
    Teena A. Nov 13, 2015

    Thank you Rachel!

Q&A

What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
Intro. Quote. Payment. Cook and learn. Eat and be Merry!
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
Over 20 years of experience to include family owned & operated restaurants, work history in Hospitality, and instruction of Cooking Classes. Foundational certificates in Personal Nutrition, Sports Nutrition, and Diet & Weight loss via the Shaw Academy. Winner of a National culinary competition with the Live Well Network's Food Rush show.
Do you have a standard pricing system for your service? If so, please share the details here.
Cooking classes start at $95 per person and go up to $195 per person.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
Family owned & operated restaurants for 40 years.
What types of customers have you worked with?
hobbyists, beginners, aspirants, and professionals
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
Team Building event for 27 employees, 3 hour time frame, 9 recipes, and 2.5 chefs!
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Read reviews and obtain recommendations from family & friends. Be open. Life is about learning and trying new experiences. Ask questions.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
Duration. Dates. Number of people. Cuisine desired, dietary restrictions. Cooking class expectations. Top 3 objectives.