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Tibetan Cooking Class of Lhamo’s Kichen, Dharamshala

February 14, 2010

Max French and Sangay
Tibet Post International
February 10, 2010

Dharamshala -- Lobsang of Lhamo’s Kitchen is a
NEW Tibetan arrival who runs A family business in
the hill station of MCLEOD GANJ, Dharamshala, the
home of exiled Tibetan leader His Holiness the
Dalai Lama. Concerning his successful Tibetan
Cooking class, Tibet Post International (TPI) interviewed.

Q) When did you start the cooking class?
A) The class started eleven years ago in 1998,
before this I had a kitchen near the Gu Chu Sum,
where I had a class for almost five years. After
that I moved to just by the Tibetan Welfare office.

Q) What kind of Tibetan cooking do you teach?
A) Usually I teach making momos, breads, soups,
cupse. We do many different types of momo - veg, cheese, sweet and others.

Q) How often do the classes run, and how many students do you teach?
A) We have two classes every day: 10:00 AM until
12:00 and 4:00 PM until 6:00. There is no exact
number to the class; sometimes we can have ten or
eleven students, sometimes just two or three. In
peak tourist season, we can have many more.

Q) What kinds of people come to learn at your
class? Do many Tibetans or Indians attend?
A) Most tend to be from Israel and the US, but we
have students come from all over the world.
Occasionally we have Tibetans and Indians coming,
for example a few months ago, two classes of 8
and 11 from TCV came to learn. Some cooks also
come from hotels and restaurants around Dharamsala to learn.

Q) How much does the class cost?
A) These days it costs 300 rupees per person.

Q) Are there any problems you come across while teaching?
A) Sometimes it's hard to understand the
students, if they are from Israel or Japan and
can't speak very good English, but we get around it by gesturing.

Q) Other cooking classes have had to register
with the Indian Government at the police station. Have you done this?
A) Yes, I've already obtained the necessary permission from the police station.

Q) Roughly how many students attend each year?
A) It's difficult to say exactly, but I'd guess roughly 1,500 per year.

Q) Have any famous people attended your class?
A) Actually, we had three of the Backstreet Boys
attend last year, who are a famous US boyband.
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