These home cooking classes are taught by immigrants.
League of Kitchen is an organization that offers cooking workshops taught by immigrants in their home kitchens.
“All the cultural interactions the League of Kitchens brings to the communities, it’s really great to meet new and different people,” instructor Smitha Sindagi stated.
None of the instructors are professional chefs, but they do share a love of cooking and good food. Sindagi was born in Hubli, India. She moved to the U.S. in 2013 to work as a software engineer.
“Some of the recipes I carried from my mom and my grandmother. I’ve kept them very authentic,” she said. “But I also like a lot of fusion cooking, which I get ingredients from Middle Eastern stores or American stores and I try to use them in my Indian cooking. But some recipes from my grandma are still intact.”
League of Kitchens instructors are from all over the world, including Afghanistan, Argentina, Bangladesh, Greece, Georgia, Armenia, India, Japan, Lebanon, Mexico, Uzbekistan, and Nepal. Instructors get paid to teach two and a half to four and a half hour classes. They offer classes in New York City and Los Angeles but hope to expand to other cities.
“The best thing about League of Kitchens is I get to meet a lot of new people in my class,” said Sindagi.