A tale of a kitchen queen: Lobbi Rahman
Lobbi Rahman is labeled as 'Kitchen Queen' and it is preciously right for the way she has taken the cooking in an artistic level. If the cooking is an art, she is definitely an artist-it should not sound exaggerating if you are dragged into the subject as to how she revolutionize the sector in her own way.
Cooking was her passion from her childhood as she loved to feed the people, preparing different items at her home. The passion was so palpable that she earned some international degrees on cooking and gradually established her as one of the finest Chef (Randhan Shilpi) in on and off the country.
But her life never went in straight way. She had ups and downs, she had to struggle after the sudden demise of her husband. The passion on cooking itself couldn't fulfill her demand and thereby she had to engage her in different sectors only to survive in the cruel world.
Lobbi Rahman is the wife of Shaheed Colonel Quadrat Elahi Rahman Shafique, NDC, PSC who got martyred on the BDR Pilkhana tragedy that took place on 25th February 2009.
Their relationship started out with love, and their marriage was not only beautiful but their smiles were so telling that the couple would receive enormous compliments as to how good they looked together. The middle-income, humble life never seemed to have made them unhappy.
Things went good as her husband posted in Dhaka, being promoted to Colonel. On the other hand, Lobbi Rahman has already got into a private television channel as a presenter, specifically Randhan Shilpi.
When things, financially or otherwise, began to stabilize a bit, that is when Lobbi Rahmand and her only child experienced the worst. They seemed to have nothing else left in life - the BDR Pilkhana tragedy killed her husband and 56 other valiant officers of the Bangladesh Army.
Then the real struggle of Lobbi Rahman began but she never broke down. She was valiant like her husband and dedicated to what she was doing. And gradually she made things right again.
She has been hosting program on cooking at different channels of the country apart from teaching in an English Medium School (Playpen School) for the last 17 years.
She has been producing cookery show namely ATN Rannaghar and also presenting as 'Randhan Shilpi' since September 2006. She is also associated with BTV, anchoring cookery show namely Lobbi-r Rannaghar since May 2009, the only cookery show that goes by name of the chef/'Randhan Shilpi'.
She has been hosting another program Eco-Plus Rannaghar, sponsored by LG Butterfly in SA TV. She is also famous in West Bengal as he appears in Zee Bangla (Kolkata) regularly as guest Chef representing Bangladesh in a popular cookery show named Kuchina.
Not that she is always busy with hosting cooking program. She is producing a program with discussants being experts from various fields of law namely Law & Order.
Nilgiri, a program the target viewers of which are children less than 12 years old, is presented by her.
She formerly produced and anchored - 'Off-Time', a program the concept of which is to go to different schools of the country every episode and interacting with the children/students, taking into consideration their subjects of studies, faculty members and staffs and their relationships with the respective students and the extra-curricular activities. The program is targeted to the teenagers to view.
Besides she has been producing and anchoring - various programs related to special occasions, for example Pahela Baishakh, Valentine's Day or Eid days regularly in different channels.
She also stands tall in music related program as she is anchoring - 'Katuk Shomoy Ganey Ganey' and 'Goonjon', both music related programs in state-run BTV.
She achieved 1st place in a reality show called 'Didi No.1', in Zee Bangla produced by Rachana Banarjee - the first representative from Bangladesh to have been invited.
She was also former presenter/anchor - cookery show namely LG Amader Rannaghar in Bangla Vision.
In Bangladesh Asiatic Society she is the member of the cooking related committee emphasizing on traditional dishes. She is the founder of charity foundation 'Lobbi Rahman's Cooking Foundation' which organized yearly cooking competition to bring the youngsters into the limelight.
She has several publications under her belt. Her own Recipe Book launched in October 2008 - 'Rannaghar, a book with Ifari items launched in July 2011 - 'Jhot-Pot Iftar', the only recipe book launched so far, with respect to solely iftar menus.
Two more Recipe Books launched on January 2012 - one consisting of Salad recipes and another of 'bharta'. The recipes of traditional dishes - 'Dhakaiya Khabar' were published by the Bangladesh Asiatic Society.
She has rgular publications of recipes in well known magazines namely Ananya & Purple Magazine. Besides, her own recipes will be published in the near future concerning traditional dishes in one whole book - by the Bangladesh Asiatic Society.
She is a proud mother of their only child Saquib Rahman. She completed her Bachelor of Arts (B.A) under the National University of Bangladesh and Bachelor of Education (B.ED) from Dhaka International University after which she went abroad to expertise on cooking.
"My life is all about cooking. It's the subject that I found most interesting and invested my whole life," said Lobbi Rahman.
"The goal is simple: I want to take our cooking in such level that people from different countries would be keen to taste the cooking of Bangladesh."
Such was her passion in cooking that she hardly could manage time for her only son Saquib Rahman.