Ruchita’s life is a profound tapestry of passion, flavour, and culture, woven together by the threads of culinary artistry and holistic wisdom. With one foot in Australia and the other in India, her upbringing has been a vibrant dance of influences, and her deep-rooted connection to Ayurvedic principles is the heart of her journey. From her earliest memories, Ruchita absorbed the timeless teachings of Ayurveda from her mother and grandmother.
These lessons kindled a profound love for the culinary arts in her heart. 

Growing up in Australia’s multicultural environment exposed her to a rich diversity of cuisines and traditions, broadening her culinary horizons.

From Engineering to Culinary Arts

Chef Ruchita Thorat eating her dish

While her initial path led her to pursue a mechanical engineering degree in Melbourne, Ruchita’s true calling was found in the kitchen. She discovered her passion for cooking while preparing meals for friends and immersing herself in the world of bartending and wine studies. Despite her academic success, her heart was already set on the culinary world. With unwavering courage and determination, she made the life-changing decision to leave her engineering career behind.
Ruchita embarked on a transformative journey to become a professional chef, refining her skills at Melbourne’s prestigious William Angliss Institute.

Culinary Excellence and Dedication

Throughout her culinary studies, Ruchita’s extraordinary talent and unyielding commitment shone through. She achieved numerous awards and accolades, including coveted bronze, silver, and gold medals in prestigious culinary competitions. The pinnacle of her competitive journey was when she proudly represented Australia in the esteemed Asian Culinary Cup at the Food Hotel in China, where her and the team secured the prestigious culinary cup.

Her dedication to culinary excellence remained unwavering, and she continued to hone her craft at renowned establishments, such as the Langham Hotel Melbourne and other distinguished kitchens.
Her devotion to the culinary arts became her guiding light.

dessert made by chef Ruchita Thorat
holistic dish made by ruchita thorat
a dessert made by the chef Ruchita Thorat
catering event by Ruchita Thorat
holistic dish made by Ruchita Thorat

Ruchita’s thirst for knowledge and inspiration was boundless. She embarled on a global exploration of food and culture, immersing herself in the vibrant landscapes of China, India, Nepal, Thailand, Canada, France, and the United States.
Along this gastronomic journey, she collaborated with celebrity chefs in Montreal, Canada, delving into the captivating realm of French-Caribbean cuisine.
However, her travels encountered an unexpected pause due to the global pandemic. These unforeseen circumstances led Ruchita to Costa Rica, where she unearthed a wellspring of creative inspiration.

Culinary Artistry with Indigenous Flavors

Ruhcita Thorat laughing

Surrounded by an abundance of indigenous fruits and vegetables unique to the region, she discovered new avenues for her culinary artistry. Ruchita’s culinary prowess quickly gained recognition, making her a sought-after chef for private dining experiences and collaborations with retreats and farms in Guanacaste. For Ruchita, food is far more than sustenance; it is a bridge between cultures, a repository of traditions, and a source of healing. 

Her culinary philosophy expands continuously as she delves into the study of North, Central, and South American plants, and herbs. She masterfully incorporates their essence into her culinary creations, crafting dishes that not only tantalize the taste buds but also nourish the body and soul.

‘‘ Let food be thy medicine and
medicine be thy food  ‘‘

Messy Fingers Culinary Craftsmanship

Chef Ruchita Thorat cooking
holistic food

As the visionary owner and chef of Messy Fingers Culinary Craftsmanship, a prominent private chef company based in Costa Rica, Ruchita leads the charge in curating personalized farm-to-table dining experiences. Her unwavering commitment to ethical and sustainable food practices is underpinned by her profound understanding of the socio-political dimensions of food. Messy Fingers also houses the “the Test Kitchen,” a space where Ruchita innovates recipes infused with the healing properties of plant medicine.

In her rare moments of respite, Ruchita immerses herself in her passion for foraging. She dedicates extensive hours to educate herself and explore the wilderness, seeking out exquisite herbs and plants. This deep connection with nature allows her to discover hidden treasures that elevate her culinary creations to extraordinary heights. Ruchita’s life is a testament to the power of following one’s passion, embracing diverse influences, and the relentless pursuit of knowledge and inspiration. Her culinary journey is an ever-evolving symphony, and she invites you to savour the flavours of her holistic and culturally rich approach to food and well-being. Her journey is a testament to the transformative power of pursuing one’s passions, embracing diverse influences, and the unceasing quest for knowledge and inspiration. Ruchita’s culinary journey is an ever-evolving symphony, and she invites you to savour the flavours of her holistic, culturally rich approach to food and well-being.

Her purpose

‘‘ I hold the conviction that within each of us lies the potential to serve as our own healers, given the right tools and knowledge. Aligned with this principle, my fundamental goal is to assist you in fostering a harmonious and nourishing connection with food  ‘‘


In Ayurvedic philosophy, health encompasses more than simply the lack of illness; it signifies a vibrant equilibrium between the body, mind, senses, and soul. Ayurveda offers insightful guidance on nurturing these four dimensions of our overall well-being. It prompts us to be attentive to how our surroundings impact our health and to utilize correct mindset, dietary choices, and lifestyle practices to sustain this internal balance.

Amid the complexities of modern life, it’s easy to lose touch with our inner essence and how to maintain our sense of self. The abundance of information available about various diets, superfoods, workout regimens, and more can easily overwhelm us, leading us to jump from one trend to another in search of solutions for our health issues. However, often these efforts don’t address the underlying imbalances.

Ruchita’s central mission is to guide you beyond fleeting trends and into fundamental truths. She combines the enduring wisdom of Ayurveda, the potency of herbs and plant-based approaches, and the scientific foundation of nutrition to equip you with enhanced self-awareness and a stronger connection to your authentic nature. Her aim isn’t solely to provide you with a mere diet plan; it’s to impart practical tools and knowledge that will enable you to deeply understand yourself. She seeks to help you foster a harmonious relationship with your well-being throughout life’s various seasons and phases.