Since launching in 2016, artisan bakery Chinskitchen has been committed to feeding the Great British sweet tooth with a range of gorgeous and luxurious hand-made cakes, Award winning nankhatai and treats.
Often suitable for special diets – and mostly free from artificial additives and preservatives – everything from Chinskitchen is made fresh to order in small batches. Ingredient quality is paramount; as are flavour, taste, and texture.
As a small producer, Chinskitchen relishes working with industry peers and suppliers; using their wares to create a unique and irresistible collection of classic-meets-modern products.
Feedback is invaluable to Chinskitchen – and all comments and questions are welcomed with open arms.
Raised in Mombasa, Kenya, Chintal Kakaya grew up in a close-knit, food-loving community – and rapidly learned how to satisfy a hungry crowd with all manner of traditional sweets and savouries.
Following in her mum’s footsteps, Chin always harboured a love of baking, and her multi-cultural background instilled an insatiable curiosity when it came to experimenting with spices and flavourings. In 2013, ChinsKitchen began to take shape – initially as a food blog which served as a platform for Chin to share a myriad of unique baking recipes.
Chin’s friends came to know her as the go-to girl for special occasion cakes and bakes and, in 2015, she tested the market with her ‘Indian dessert-inspired cakes’, enabling others to get a taste too.
The concept? To weave elements of classic Indian sweetmeats into traditional cake recipes, creating something quite different to anything else on the market. The brilliant baker then applied the same thinking to Indian shortbread, and her now-award-winning, acclaimed range of nankhatai biscuits was born.
When she’s not in the kitchen, Chin’s doing great things elsewhere; notably as a charity champion for Find Your Feet – an organisation devoted to enabling families in India, Nepal, Malawi and Zimbabwe to break out of the poverty cycle.
The organisation’s annual Curry For Change campaign raises funds through celebrating Indian food – having wooed guests with savoury and sweet food at both her own and large-scale co-hosted events, Chin continues to dedicate time, recipes, and desserts to the cause.
It’s not only the likes of sugar, spice and all things nice that make up Chinskitchen products – a fair few non-edible ingredients have had a big part to play.
Influences and inspirations include a matriarchal kitchen in Mombasa, Kenya; traditional Gujarati and international foods; awe-inspiring cakes courtesy of Chin’s mother; comforting memories of shortbread and chai; Western cookbooks and cookery shows; global ingredients; the mastery of successful flavour fusion; an abiding love of afternoon tea; and support, encouragement (and demand!) from friends and family.
It all adds up to a rather delicious mix.