THE BAYAN INDAH CULINARY RETREAT, one of Kuala Lumpur’s most popular cooking schools and event venues, located in the quaint Kampung Sungai Penchala, Selangor has ceased operations after 15 years. Its owner, well-known Malaysian Chef and Food Writer, Rohani Jelani has relocated her business to new premises and will no longer be offering cooking classes. Moving forward, Rohani will focus principally on recipe and menu development work for corporate clients. She also looks forward to having more time for her family and special projects that support her main passion to get more Malaysians cooking.
Rohani shared her reasons for the closure, “I am not the kind of person who delights in too much repetition. I have been teaching cooking classes since 2001. Although I have always enjoyed passing on practical skills and had fun meeting the many interesting students who have turned up at our kitchen, I felt that it was simply time to move on. Walking away from Bayan Indah, its huge kitchen, the beautiful edible garden that I nurtured for 15 years and our small but dedicated team of helpers who have become close friends, feels a bit like leaving a party while you are still having a good time – while the conversation is still lively, before you have eaten too much dessert...  I am really looking forward to spending more time with my family, especially with my three children and my mother who is growing older. One of my major regrets is not having made more time for my dear father who passed away unexpectedly last year.”

Rohani stresses that there is still so much that can be done to inspire people to cook more and live better lives. She is open to speaking with organisations that would like to work with her to further this cause.

Note: The links to this website remain active but are slowly being transitioned into a new website with a different focus.