Arun Kapil is an Anglo-Indian food entrepreneur, spice expert, and founder of Green Saffron – multi-award-winning purveyors of the finest spices, rice, sauces and spice blends you’ll ever experience. In addition to running his own food company, this charismatic character is a chef, author, vocal advocate and staunch supporter of his fellow small businesses.

His inimate knowledge of spices and spicing gives his food a joyous modern edge. Honing his skills at Ballymaloe, Ireland and kitchens in London, Arun’s cooking as with his presenting has an easy uncomplicated style.

Settling in Ireland’s food capital, Co Cork in 2004, Arun set-up his highly regarded and award-winning spice company Green Saffron in 2007 with wife Olive. Green Saffron sources sustainable, fresh spices direct from family farms in India. Arun produces highly innovative unique and exceptional blends for cuisines of all styles used by top chefs the world over.

There’s much more to Arun than meets the eye. His passion for the science of spice, flavour combination and achieving the best from his raw product is second to none. He may appear unassuming, but he’s a ball of energy, endlessly inspired by everything he
encounters. His ridiculously infectious enthusiasm makes Arun the ideal spokesman for all kinds of spicy matters. No matter how conservative the customer, he manages to encourage everyone he meets to embark on their very own culinary adventures.

Arun regularly appears on Ireland’s RTE 1’s Today Show with Maura and Daithi where he has a cookery segment on afternoon magazine show, along with appearances on Channel 4’s Sunday Brunch. Other occasional appearances include as a ‘leading spice industry expert’ on the semi-final of BBC’s Masterchef and as spice expert and chef on the Netflix show, ‘The Story of Spice’. He has also both demonstrated and orated at large-scale food events like the annual Abergavenny Food Festival, Ideal Home and the Food Matters roadshows. His skills with spice are in hot demand with top chefs the world over – this man roves the globe to share his knowledge and help develop dishes that completely redefine diners’ ideas about spice.

In Arun’s culinary world, the possibilities are endless. He believes we’re limited only by our own imagination and aims to inspire and excite home cooks to experiment and explore spices of all sorts. His popular cookbook, Fresh Spice (published by Pavilion in late 2014) introduced readers to an entirely new way of thinking about spices, tipped as a tome with potential to revolutionise popular perceptions on the topic.

Arun can wax lyrical about spices; but is equally adept at delivering snappy soundbites that carry real weight. As a noted spice authority, he boasts an ever-expanding encyclopaedic knowledge of his subject. He can capture a crowd’s imagination within a few seconds, and retain their interest for hours.

Arun now works with food scientists, top and Michelin-starred chefs, multi-national companies, global family businesses, local family businesses, and our own brand to develop dishes, products, ranges of products, concept food solutions and spice blends. The go-to spice guru in Ireland and, increasingly, the UK, Arun loves to share his spice knowledge and helping develop dishes and foods that completely redefine our knowledge and understanding of spices.

Wherever spice is involved, Arun is your man. Whether he’s developing new products with retailers and restauranteurs; experimenting in Green Saffron’s own kitchen; talking to customers at food shows and markets; or lighting up a stage or screen, he manages to sprinkle a little of that magical masala over proceedings. Need to spice something up? You know who to call.