A food writer and cookery teacher who grew up in Pakistan, Sumayya Usmani moved to London over ten years ago, but has found home in Glasgow.
Sumayya is passionate about sharing the flavours of her homeland with a view to highlight Pakistani cuisine as a distinct one. The author of two cookbooks: Summers Under The Tamarind Tree and Mountain Berries and Desert Spice, her writing reminisces about food and memories growing up in Pakistan and Sumayya advocates cooking by "andaza", (sensory and estimation cooking), which is how she learnt to cook from her mother and grandmothers; from a very young age.
She's appears frequently in many online and print publications, radio and television and hosts occasional pop-ups. Sumayya additionally writes a weekly food column in Sunday Herald's magazine and co-presents BBC Kitchen Cafe weekly, on BBC Radio Scotland.