Shalvi Mohindra

Pastry Chef and Chocolatier

Shalvi has studied Diplome de Patisserie at Le Cordon Bleu, New Zealand and now specialises as a chocolatier. She had previously worked as a Chef de Partie for airline catering, creating desserts for first class and business class passengers, and is now working as a Head chocolatier at Cocoa Wilds, where all the products are freshly made using no preservatives or artificial flavours.

When it comes to current and new recipes, Shalvi is always looking for healthier options, because desserts can still be indulgent and delicious without negatively impacting our health.

This is why Shalvi’s passion is to find and use only the best natural ingredients; an approach and philosophy she also incorporates in her everyday cooking by using fresh, whole foods and avoiding processed foods.


  • 2016 Diplôme de Pâtisserie, Le Cordon Bleu, Wellington, New Zealand
  • 2014–2015 Bachelor of Education (Social Studies and English), Rohtak, India
  • 2011–2014 Bachelor of Commerce, Honours (Finance and Marketing), New Delhi, India

Professional Interests & Specialist Areas

  • Optimising health and nutrition
  • Creating healthy, allergen friendly dessert recipes
  • Learning new skills


  • 2018 NZ Hospitality Championships (New Zealand Chefs Association Inc)
    • Awarded Silver Medal in ‘Static Showpiece’ category for Chocolate Sculpture
    • Awarded Silver Medal in ‘Static Petit Flour Platter’ category
    • Awarded Bronze Medal in ‘Live Dessert’ category
  • 2018 NZ Hospitality Championships (New Zealand Chefs Association Inc)
    • Awarded Gold Medal in ‘Static Showpiece’ category for Chocolate Sculpture
  • 2017 Wellington Culinary Fare (New Zealand Chefs Association Inc)
    • Awarded Silver Medal in ‘Static Showpiece’ category for Chocolate Sculpture
  • 2016 NZ Chefs National Salon (New Zealand Chefs Association Inc)
    • Awarded Silver Medal in ‘Live Dessert Training’ category

Throughout her culinary journey, Shalvi made a conscious effort to explore healthier dessert alternatives, seeking ways to indulge in sweets while prioritizing well-being.

Moreover, she has been committed to accommodating individuals with allergies, ensuring that everyone can enjoy a wide array of delicious desserts without compromising on taste or dietary restrictions.

This dedication stems from Shalvi’s belief that everyone deserves the joy of dessert, regardless of dietary considerations, and she is passionate about providing diverse options to cater to various preferences and needs.

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Articles written by Shalvi Mohindra
  • Recipe: Apple Compote
    This apple compote recipe is so versatile since it can be used on your pancakes, waffles, with ice cream, as well as a filling in pies.
  • Recipe: Apple Crisp
    Apple crisp with oats is a great little dessert, and adding cinnamon and brown sugar really makes it a treat. You can decide if it tastes better hot or if it should be served cold.
  • Recipe: Chocolate Mendiant
    With Christmas around the corner, we’ll soon need to start planning and thinking about different dishes and desserts. At the same time, while we want to create something amazing for this festive time of the year, we don’t want to overcomplicate it. Mendiant is a French recipe made during winter…
  • Recipe: Coconut and Guava Bliss Balls
    If you are after flavor, with little or no sugar, then these bliss balls are perfect for a snack or a dessert.
  • Recipe: Earl Grey Tea and Honey Poached Pears
    Earl grey tea and honey poached pears is an elegant and easy dessert. You can serve it warm on a chilly winter night or they can last in the fridge for up to 2 days.
  • Recipe: Gluten-Free Carrot Cake Muffin
    Carrot cake the size of a muffin — a delicious gluten-free recipe made with fresh ingredients, nuts and spices. If you are starting to plan your portion sizes, but would still like to enjoy a dessert, this is a great way to go.
  • Recipe: Gluten-Free Cinnamon and Ginger Cookies
    While this is a simple gluten free recipe, I would suggest replacing traditional rolled oats with steel cut oats if you have Coeliac disease, just in case to make sure that there is no cross contamination.
  • Recipe: Gluten-Free Orange Shortbread Cookies
    Many of us enjoy a good shortbread with a cup of tea or milk. While the shortbread we usually buy in the supermarket is loaded with sugar and different flavor enhancers and additives, this recipe is very simple and straightforward. Also, it’s gluten-free.
  • Recipe: Gluten-Free Orange and Blueberry Muffins
    Blueberry muffins are a treat on their own, especially with a glass of milk or a cup of coffee. They're fast and inexpensive to make, and quite possibly everyone’s favorite. However, what happens to the taste when you add a hefty portion of orange zest… because they can’t possibly taste…
  • Recipe: Golden Immunity Milk
    Perfect drink to boost immunity with the change of seasons.
  • Recipe: Vegan Rice Pudding
    Sweet, creamy and aromatic vegan rice pudding that can be prepared in 1 hour. With only 6 ingredients, it doesn't get better than this.
  • Recipe: Vegan Ganache Cubes
    Vegan ganache cubes - a 2 ingredient dessert making it a perfect bite apres dinner. This recipe is simple and yet so versatile since you can choose any topping that you prefer - from berries and nuts to edible flowers (if you are looking to impress).
  • Recipe: The Real Hot Chocolate
    No powders, no extra sugar, just pure chocolate melted in hot milk. This is the real deal Hot Chocolate.
  • Recipe: Orange and Ginger Tea Cake
    If you appreciate the zing of ginger and the aroma of oranges, and would like to surprise your better half with a tasty but also well presented dessert, then this tea cake is a great choice.
  • Recipe: One Minute Mug cake
    This is a very simple and quick recipe for cake cravings. Also, it’s very versatile since you can flavor the cake with any flavor of your choice!
  • Recipe: Lemon Cookies
    Lemon cookies are easy to make, and are also a great treat without having too much sugar and flour. They’re fantastic with afternoon tea or as a little something sweet after dinner.
  • Recipe: Lemon Cake
    Making a cake does not need to be difficult, or do you need to worry that you’ll put all the effort in and it won’t taste good. With this Lemon Cake recipe you really can’t go wrong. With only a few ingredients, simplicity is guaranteed, while the taste… Well, you…
  • Recipe: Kaffir Lime and Honey Custard
    A refreshing and fulfilling desert with only 5 ingredients. This baked custard treat can be made with different flavors or, if you would like to keep it simple, just use vanilla.
  • Recipe: Lamingtons in Peach and Ginger jam
    Lamingtons covered in peach and ginger jam, and then rolled in desiccated coconut is a simple recipe, and popular with any generation. It goes fantastic with a cup of your favorite tea.
  • Recipe: Peach Crumble with Cardamom Custard
    A fruit crumble is fairly easy to make, and when in season, the taste of peaches and nectarines can surprise many at the table. Also, the cardamom-and-honey-based custard does make a difference when serving this dessert.