Born and raised in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Christina Arokiasamy is renowned for her culinary skills, as spice expert and as an award-winning cookbook author. She was Malaysia’s first-ever official Food Ambassador to the United States and brings with her over 25 years of world class culinary expertise as an ex-Chef of various Four Seasons Resorts throughout Southeast Asia.
Growing Up Among the Aromas
“As a school girl in Kuala Lumpur, I could always smell my house before I could see it. I was known as the girl with yellow hands at school because I helped my mother ready spices such as turmeric at the nearby mill. Cooking, like the spice business, was a daily way of life for me and my family.”
The Professional Chef
In 2015, Chef Christina was selected to host The Malaysian Kitchen cooking show on The Cooking Channel reaching over 80 million viewers nationwide USA; to showcase the exotic blend of flavors born of the spice trade, rich in tradition and on-trend with consumers appetite globally. Her efforts help place Malaysia as the top 3 flavor trend in America by The National Restaurant Association.
Also in 2015, in collaboration with The Malaysia Kitchen Program Campaign, her expert knowledge in spices appeared in Oprah.com, Huffington Post, CBS News, NBC News, Fox News, Los Angeles Business Journal, The New York Times, The Food Network Magazine, Yahoo News amongst other key national and International media.
Christina’s cookbook The Spice Merchant’s Daughter was listed as top ten cookbooks in the USA by NPR in 2008. Her cookbook also earned a starred review on Publisher’s Weekly, and was featured on the Associated Press, The Wall Street Journal, and The Boston Globe.
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt New York Boston Publishers 2017
The Sharing Kitchen
Her passion for the cuisine roots from a life immersed in spices, blending many different cooking techniques from various cultures and being a 5th generation descendent of spice merchants—who have traded since the supremacy of the British East India Company.
Chef Christina Arokiasamy is unique because as a spice expert she shares her cuisine in so many ways incorporating fresh spices such as turmeric, chilies, cumin, coriander and cardamom, and uniquely combining them with fresh aromatics such as galangal, lemongrass, ginger, tamarind and curry leaves to create new and deeply-layered flavors without the spicy heat of other Southeast Asian cuisines.
Her love for this cuisine inspired her to write her second cookbook The Malaysian Kitchen: 150 Recipes for Simple Home Cooking published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 2017. Her cookbook was featured on People Magazine, The Advocate, The Seattle Times, The Publisher’s Weekly, WebMD, making headlines on seven Canadian Newspapers: The National Post, Vancouver Sun, Calgary Herald, The Montreal Gazette, Ottawa Citizen, and Lucky Peach and other international media.
She currently lives in the Pacific Northwest with her family and continues to teach Southeast Asian inspired culinary classes for the American public. Christina’s joy is to give her American students an insider experience into her tropical homeland through culinary and cultural tours she leads to Southeast Asian destinations each year.