Brought up in Cumbria. Roopa moved to London to complete a Diploma at the Cordon Bleu cookery school, and then left England to live and work in India. During her time in Delhi, Roopa worked as Consultant Chef to the luxurious Taj hotel group and later became a household name across Asia, with a daily cookery slot on Star TV’s Good Morning India. Back in Britain, after several years as Food Editor at UKTV’s Good Food Channel, she went on to successfully scope Rick Stein’s India for BBC2 in 2012. In addition to hosting regional Indian cookery classes, she contributes features to leading food magazines and broadcasters, and is a regular restaurant critic for Time Out. She has been featured on BBC Radio 4’s Food Programme and regularly judges their Food and Farming Awards. She has authored and contributed to books including Curry Lovers (Jacqui Small), Soup (Dorling Kindersley), and Rick Stein’s India (BBC Books).