Cardamom Kitchen

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Location Chicago, Illinois, United States
Introduction Susan developed a passion for flavorful food as a child. Under her mother's wing, she learned to prepare everyday Kerala dishes. The hypnotic rhythms of the kitchen (mincing, chopping, mixing) always drew her back to its belly. In her twenties, Susan moved to Tokyo in search of adventure where she embraced Japanese culinary traditions. There she learned to value individual ingredients and tapped into the power of plating. Once back in the U.S., Susan earned a Masters Degree in Public Policy. Her passion for the culinary arts led her to Kendall College in 2005 where she trained as a chef. After a foray in the food industry, she started Cardamom Kitchen. Her mission is to promote all the benefits of home cooking. Susan leads cooking classes, and has taught at Whole Foods, Gilda's Club, the City of Chicago's World Kitchen, Common Threads, Swedish Covenant, farmer's markets and private classes for children and adults. She also leads a Culinary Tour of Devon Avenue, Chicago's Little India.