Parveen Ashraf

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Born (1965-06-22) June 22, 1965 (age 58)
Alma materCarlton Bolling College
OccupationFood writer

Parveen Ashraf (born 22 June 1965) is a British food writer and TV chef of Indian cuisine.


Parveen Ashraf was born in Bradford, West Yorkshire and attended Carlton Bolling College. She spent most of her early career working in early education eventually becoming an Ofsted Inspector. Whilst working for Ofsted, she was diagnosed with a tumour and after a year of surgery decided to leave her job and follow her passion of cooking. [1][2]. She set up her own catering company in 2008[3] and taught Indian cooking at adult colleges in East Anglia [2]. She went on to develop her own range of recipes and spice kits to make authentic Indian food [3]. Ashraf became a regular guest presenter on TV shopping channels Ideal World and Hochanda [2].

In 2016, her debut cookbook, Parveen The Spice Queen, Step by Step Authetic Indian Cooking, was published [4] and she began writing a weekly food column for the Peterborough Telegraph [5]. She appeared as a guest presenter on Saturday Morning with James Martin in October 2018[2]. In January 2019, Ashraf hosted her own cooking show television series, Parveen’s Indian Kitchen, a 10 part cooking series which aired on ITV in Jan 2019 and has been dubbed the Asian Nigella [1]. The series was later broadcast in France and subsequently showcased in India, Norway, Sweden, Australia and Israel.

Personal Life

Parveen resides in Werrington Village, Peterborough, with her husband, Qamar, a technical director, they have three children together, Imran, Sherine and Cyrus (ref 3)[4][1]. She is an ambassador for Action Medical Research [6] and has also worked closely with The One Family Charity travelling to Nepal to help female victims of human trafficking and abuse.[7]



Year Title Role Notes Channel
2018 Saturday Morning with James Martin Guest Presenter 1 series ITV
2019 Parveen’s Indian Kitchen Presenter 1 series ITV


Parveen The Spice Queen, Step by Step Authentic Indian Cooking (2017, FCM Publishing, International Standard Book Number.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Banwell, Lucy (2019-01-15). "Chef who always dreamed of a TV career finally lands her own show". Mail Online. Retrieved 2020-06-24.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 "Parveen is about to spice up your Saturday morning TV viewing". Retrieved 2020-06-24.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Up and Coming: Parveen Ashraf". Chaat Magazine. 2014-06-29. Retrieved 2020-06-24.
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Spice Queen's sizzling book". Retrieved 2020-06-24.
  5. "Peterborough's Spice Queen to bring the joy of Indian food to TV screens with ITV series". Retrieved 2020-06-24.
  6. Research, Action Medical; House, Vincent; Horsham; Sussex, West; Rh12 2dp (2019-04-10). "Celebrity Support". Action Medical Research. Retrieved 2020-06-24.
  7. "Interview With Celebrity Chef Parveen Ashraf - The Spice Queen". Listen Notes. Retrieved 2020-06-24.

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