Shailaja Desai

I’m a  Culinary Instructor  for Kids,Teens & Adults @ Cookingwithshy,now based in Toronto. I have over 15 years experience of curating Cooking workshops in Dubai, Toronto & Mumbai.My most recent experience being employed  as adjunct faculty at the Ramanath Payyade College of Hospitality Studies as a Bakery lecturer co ordinating practical & theory classes for First & Third year students (Bombay University hospitality  curriculum)

You may like to visit my Facebook page: www.facebook.com/cookingwithshy

  • Cookingwithshy conducts various Culinary workshops for Adults,Teens & kids.
  • Corporate Cook offs and Workshops
  • Specialising in Thai,Malaysian,Chinese,Indian,Moroccan  & International Cuisine.
  • These range from Appetizers,Main Courses,Soups & Salad
  • Decadent Desserts
  • Baking Workshops
  • Bread Making and lots more
  • Eggless Baking 

Most of these workshops are limited in groups of 4-6 people so as to give each participant individual attention. All printed recipes are provided.Individuals get to sample and take away preparation after the class.

I’ve Just launched my online workshops on Zoom.

Please do get in touch with me for any of the following services.

  • Recipe and Brand development
  • Restaurant Menu Planning 
  • Recipe brochures and recipes for websites.
  • I’m available to review your products.
  • Freelance Food Writing
  • Social media and brand promotion consulting
  • I am currently working on various projects for recipe development and writing.Do get in touch with me and I would be happy to develop a recipe for your product.

Would love to hear from you.

Shailaja Desai (Shy)

647-617-2780 (Toronto)


Food Blogger & Culinary Enthusiast

Recipe developer @ Cookingwithshy

Recipe development and writing for Consumer products

Experienced in running a Food Franchise( Mrs Field’s Cookie’s Toronto)

Experienced in Fitness & nutrition( Managed Curves for women in Toronto)


    • Hi Nima…thanks for visiting my blog…yes I’m working on some more wonderful recipes and will post them soon…please do try them out and let me know…happy cooking:))

  1. Poornima Guruprasad says

    Hey Shy, Great job with the blog!! Love it:) So happy you found a way to voice your passion!! Keep it up! LOL..P

  2. My dearest Poornima…thanks so much for checking it out.Yes I absolutely love blogging about food….love cooking,writing and ofcourse my new passion Food photography…Cheers…PS:Goodluck with your move:))

  3. What a beautiful blog, photography, food! Dubai, how exotic. I love Thai cooking, yours looks so fresh. I didn’t know green mangos were eatable! Your “scratch” cooking is without pre-packaged mixes, except of course for the Thai sauces, that’s the kind of cooking along with the local ingredients makes food from countries like yours so memorable!

  4. @ Maisonarmoire…Thanks so much for stopping by and your lovely comment…Im glad you liked my blog:))

  5. Anita Mujumdar says

    Love love love your blog Shy!! The food pics are amazing….do you take the photos yourself?? Keep it up!!! xoxo

  6. Hey Anita…Thanks for your lovely comment and for stopping by…Yes food photography is my new passion after cooking ofcourse…hope to be able to post often enough…Pls chk out the fb page as well under the same name:))

  7. Jayant says

    Hi Shyzie …surprise and delight us this Ramadan …some rice pudding perhaps 🙂

  8. Pradnya Kadam says

    hi foodie loved your blog, hope it helps me too to try new recipes

    especially the baking side

    keep up the good work

  9. Hi Shy, Thanks so much for recently stopping by my blog! It is very nice to meet you. We have a love of cooking in common. Best wishes to you in your cooking and writing!

    • Thanks very much Shari for the wishes..yes hope to interact more with you over our blog and recipes…All the very best to you as well:))

  10. Hi Shyzie, lovely to meet you. Thanks so much for visiting my blog and for the follow. Looking forward to visiting your great blog. Have a wonderful day further 🙂

    • Thanks so much…and likewise…you have a lovely blog and look forward to interacting in this space…have a great day!!

  11. Thanks for stopping by and joining my blog. I hope you enjoy reading the recipes and about my travels as much as I enjoy sharing them with you. Welcome aboard.

  12. Thank you for following my blog! I would never have found you. Are you working in India? I see that you once owned a Mrs. Field’s cookie franchise…my husband and I owned a gourmet cupcake business which we set up as a mom and pop for 4 years. We closed in 2015, December after my husband was diagnosed with cancer. We both baked, decorated, etc. and I have a second job as an English Instructor during the fall and winter semesters. He is cancer-free now but returns in July for another exploratory operation. I am enjoying the time off and our time together! Yes, I still love to bake but being on the fringe of a not great area cured me of opening a small business. We had great reviews, and people came from all over but in the end, we just needed more business and healthier lives. Best wishes. Owning a un-established small business is not for the weak of heart. I look forward to reading your blog.

    • Hi yes…great to connect on this blog space…Mrs Field indeed was a great experience…Lovely to hear about your business all tho sorry to hear you had to close…Pray that all stays well with you and your husband’s health…do stay connected:))

  13. Loved reading about your experience and hearing your story, Shy. “For the love of food” indeed!

  14. Raji lamba says

    Hi shy
    Just live reading you blog every now n then….. its sooo satisfying!!
    Shy would you know of a good dimsum reipe?

    • Hey Rajji…Thanks so much my dear…Yes will surely share a great dim sum recipe with you soon…Just back from a great trip to Montreal;))

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