With her energy, creativity and exuberant spirit, Ranjana Bhargava has taught authentic vegetarian cooking classes to the Chicago community for over 30 years.

Her classes range from quick simple menus that use what is available in the kitchen to innovative fusion and special occasion meals. She has taught over a thousand students through her multi-class series, private and custom-designed classes and specialty demonstrations.

For over 35 years, Ranjana has spearheaded efforts to serve the needs of women, immigrants and other marginalized communities in Chicago. She has led and maganed numerous non-profit organizations, including America's first Asian battered womens' shelter, Apna Ghar. Ranjana has initiated change and implemented new programs as a administrator at the Chicago Public LIbrary and Chicago Public Schools. An activist and a leader, Ranjana has proudly served on task forces, advisory committees and as a board member of several non-profits.