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Yasmin was born in 1968 in Merthyr Vale, South Wales.

She grew up in a tied cottage in the picturesque village of Bourton-on-the-Hill in the Cotswolds. Her mother worked in the catering department of The Fire Service College in Moreton-in-Marsh and her father worked as a tree surgeon on the Sezincote House Estate.

During her youth, Yasmin did not have much of a passion for food. Her food knowledge at this stage was a very traditional home cooked style with little spice.

Yasmin moved to Coventry in her late teens, exposing her senses to the delights and smells of the Midlands. It was at this time when Yasmin had her first taste of curry.

In 1990, Yasmin married Farook, a British-born Muslim whose parents moved from India to the UK in the 1950's. This marriage exposed Yasmin to the many different styles Asian cuisine entails.

This is when Yasmin's love of cooking really took hold. However for Yasmin, this wasn't as simple as following the recipe to the book. She had to make it 'her own'.

Yasmin's passion for cooking and her trips to countries such as Turkey, Tunisia, Morocco and Japan has given her a culinary knowledge that influence's her cooking style to this day. Her style could be described as an Asian/Turkish/African Fusion.

When it comes to cooking, Yasmin wants things to be relaxed. She wants to use great ingredients and provide healthy food as quickly & as efficiently as possible.

She wants it to be the kind of food that gets people excited and the sort of food that will draw the whole family together.

Yasmin says "sitting round a table sharing food and conversation is one of the greatest pleasures in life."