Asma Khan moved to Cambridge in 1991 with her husband. She comes from a royal background – Rajput on her father’s side and Bengali on her mother’s.
After training as a lawyer Asma registered for a food business, which began life as a supper club in her home in Kensington.
In 2015, she opened a pop-up in Soho to much acclaim, and Darjeeling Express the restaurant opened its doors in June 2017, perfectly positioned in Kingly Court in central London. The restaurant has an all-female kitchen and donates a portion of its profits to Second Daughters, a charity for vulnerable Indian women. Darjeeling Express has been joined by its sister site Calcutta Canteen in Fulham.
Asma was been voted ‘Female Entrepreneur of the Year’ at the Asian Restaurant Awards and ‘Entrepreneur of the Year’ in the Asian Women of the Year Award.
• “Darjeeling Express: the amateur cooks turned professional chefs” – Guardian
• “Meet the London chef using food to fight for women’s rights” – Time Out
Her first cookbook, ASMA’S INDIAN KITCHEN, will be published this autumn by Pavilion.