Chef of the Week, 29th March 2019 – Sakshi Garg

Hello,  Foodies and Buddies!

We’re back for our final Chef of the Week feature for the month of March and this time, it is Chef Sakshi Garg who takes her rightful place in the spotlight.

Chef Sakshi had this to say at the start of this interview.

“First, A big ‘Thank You’ to all the Foodies and Buddies. Because of you all, I am happily able to cross 1000 Meals Milestone! My inspiration is my Foodies and their lovely motivating comments which helps me keep going!”

Chef Sakshi then told us about how she got her start on the FoodyBuddy app. She said, “I remember, someone shared about FoodyBuddy in the apartment WhatsApp group. I was on a family vacation, but the message struck me. I knew instantly, this was something meant for me. I starred that message and after a few months when I had some time to think it through, I contacted the FoodyBuddy team. The fact that FoodyBuddy is a great platform where we can order fresh, hygienic, delicious home cooked reasonable food as per our taste is awesome!”

“Being an IT Professional and living into such a stressful environment daily, it gives me immense pleasure to cook and experiment with new dishes and giving a healthy twist to the same without compromising taste.”

“As they say, ‘Health is Wealth,’ so no matter whatever we are eating, our likes and dislikes we cannot ignore the healthy part for maintaining ourselves.”

What a lovely, well-thought-out response!

We then asked about Chef Sakshi’s inspiration having sold over 1000 Meals on FoodyBuddy.

“Basically , being new to this community , I did not have many friends but since I started serving on FoodyBuddy, I am to make healthy and yummy relationships with so many foodies and now I can proudly say that I have friends of all ages starting from 3-year-old kids to even 60 plus age elderly people. This really motivates me to cook with Love and Passion as this is one of the secret ingredients of my dishes,” she replied with a big smile.

She continued, “Secondly, The testimonials on the app and their lovely comments shared with me personally from my foodies is the biggest motivation. I agree I feel exhausted on most of the days, but a smile just comes out of nowhere when I see the lovely compliments from them. The satisfaction that I get by delivering hot and healthy food on time and big smiles on their faces gets me ticking.

Some parents always used to thank me for preparing dishes in such a way that the healthy ingredients are hidden inside. And the fact that their kids loved those dishes and ask for them, again and again, feels like an achievement. And being a mother, I can also understand the fact that how happy the parents feel when their kids are enjoying food nicely and finishing their meals without complaints or putting any extra efforts in feeding them.”

Here are some of the testimonials Chef Sakshi was talking about:

 

We then asked about Chef Sakshi’s favourite dishes to prepare and she said,” I specialise in North Indian, Italian, Chinese, Desserts, Baking, and the list goes on. Personally, I love to cook everything with a healthy twist and that’s what translates into the taste. Veg Hakka Noodles, Non-Fried/ Baked snacks, Kadhi Chawal, Punjabi Chole, all kind of Paneer curries, Stuffed parathas, Pizza ’s, Cheesy Pasta, Baking Cakes and Muffins, and Desserts are my favourites amongst many other dishes which I specialise in.”

“I also get personal requests for food from my foodies as per their taste which I really love to cook cause I always want them to enjoy and feel like every bite is worth having,” she concluded.

Chef Sakshi also told us about the dishes which her buyers most like to order.

It would be very hard to filter it down, but I would say Paneer Pav Bhaji, Veg Hakka Noodles, Paneer Butter Masala, Cheese Sandwiches, Palak Paneer Corn, Veg Pulav, Schezwan Paneer Fried Rice, Punjabi Chole, Veg Cheese Pizza, Baked Snacks like Kababs, Samosas, Cutlets, and Desserts like Rabdi, Ladoos, Shahi Tukda, and Fruit Custard amongst many others are mostly liked by my Foodies so much,” said Chef Sakshi.

Chef Sakshi’s buyers clearly love her food and she even described a few memorable interactions with her Foodies.

She said, “I have got a few nick names from my foodies. I have got tags like #Chef4HealthyFood, #HealthQueen, etc. These are not just names, but like an award for all the hard work that I put in. I remember a few special interactions with my foodies and would love to share them.”

“Once I received a late-night call, somewhere around 10ish. It was beyond my usual hours, but the person on the other side was sick and requested for food as she was not willing to order from outside in her condition. I was happy to stretch myself and serve her as per her taste. Later, she personally came to my place to thank me for the other day.”

“Few other incidents include, when foodies tell me that their kids have become my fans and that they are happy to replace the outside junk food for them with my healthy version, or when a foodie went to her hometown instructing her husband to order regularly from me and not to eat outside food, or simply when they say that all my dishes are ‘yummy and delicious as usual’.”

Chef Sakshi also had some words of wisdom for new Buddies on the FoodyBuddy App.

“Being regular and just cooking with full passion and love is the most important tip.”

“Another important tip would be to customize dishes as per the Foodie’s requirement and especially to get to know if the dish is for themselves or for kids or both. The challenge then is to adjust different requirements that too if it’s the same dish for so many at the same time without compromising taste.

And finally, don’t let yourself down, if things are going slow. As it takes, some time to get going and when it does, you will enjoy every moment of it.”

Great advice, Chef Sakshi!

We quizzed Chef Sakshi about her future plans and she said, “Now, as FoodyBuddy is also one of the members of my family, I would love to serve and surprise myself and the foodies with same passion and dedication.  Also, going forward I do not want it to be limited to only a few communities to which I am serving right now. Love to serve all the Foodies who want to enjoy delicious, hygienic homemade food even at offices and outside apartment communities!”

And finally, Chef Sakshi had some closing words. She said, “I really feel blessed to be a part of this wonderful platform and opportunity into my life to move one step forward. As I said, delivering fresh, healthy, hot and tasty food on time is always been very challenging for me so, first of all, I wanna thanks my Mom for sharing her natural talent and skills and teaching me how to manage time effectively as lifetime lesson.

“Also, I would like to thank my loving and supportive husband who is always there by my side and the confidence which I gained from him just take me to another level. Even after spending a full hectic day at the office when he returns back home and offers to help me in the kitchen, packing the food nicely and even fully prepared to deliver food on time, just keeps me going on and on with full dedication and happiness. Thanks a ton, my dear hubby for all your support and encouragement and helps me to cross all the hurdles smoothly in life.

A big thank you to all the Foodies once again for their love and support!  I would again take up this opportunity to thank you all at FoodyBuddy. Your team has started a nice platform and the amount of work that goes in from your end is commendable where Foodies, as well as Buddies, can enjoy and live a healthy lifestyle without impacting much of their personal as well as professional life.”

Thank you so much for such kind and loving words, ma’am, and everyone here at FoodyBuddy wishes you all the very best going forward. You are such an important part of the FoodyBuddy family and our success is only possible because of your awesome work!

If you would like to be a Home Chef on FoodyBuddy, please register by clicking here!

Chef of the Week, 22nd March 2019 – Kiruthigha

Hello, Foodies and Buddies!

It’s Chef of the Week time and, on this edition, we have Chef Kiruthigha who is one of the most popular chefs on FoodyBuddy!

We had an insightful conversation with Chef Kiruthigha starting with how she got started on FoodyBuddy – which proved to be a unique story. “I had moved to this apartment a few weeks before FoodyBuddy was launched. When I came to know about the FoodyBuddy app, I was curious and met the representative along with a few more residents to understand the functionality. I didn’t have any intention of cooking. I was kicking off my second innings of IT career as a mobile app developer. I was curious about the app and its functionality rather than becoming a Buddy. But when I got my first order, I was super excited and FoodyBuddy became a part of my life,” she recalls.

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Having been such a popular Buddy and having sold over 1000 Meals during her time on FoodyBuddy, Chef Kiruthigha told us what keeps her motivated and inspired. She said, “Appreciation from my Foodies inspires me very much. This helps me to keep learning new varieties of dishes, healthy options, and tastier food. I have got many requests for dishes like Sprouted Ragi Almond Powder, Mixed Fruit Jam etc. The drive is always from Foodies. My kids when they are back from school, plan their evening as per the number of deliveries that day. More deliveries make them happier which is a big motivation and has helped me cross the milestone of 1000 Meals Sold!”

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Chef Kiruthigha also told us about her specialities. She said, “Most of the dishes which I prepare in my kitchen are from my mother or my mother in law’s recipe books with minor tweaks here and there. I prepare more of traditional South Indian snacks. Adhirsam, Murukku, Idli, Sambhar, Masala Vada, Gulab Jamun, Tender Coconut Ice-cream, Baked Veg Cutlet, Idiyappam with Veg Stew and list goes on.”

Her most popular dishes are certainly interesting! “Adhirsam – The south Indian delicacy with rice flour and jaggery – Multigrain Dosa Batter and Gulab Jamun are the most popular. Most numbers of a dish I have sold till date are Veg Cutlets and Tender Coconut Ice Cream. I”m waiting for the summer to introduce more of traditional coolant varieties,” she said.

Her Foodies certainly agree and Chef Kiruthigha also shared some memorable moments with buyers. She said, “Like most of the wonderful chefs in FoodyBuddy, kids identify me with their favourite dish. Aunties in my apartment give me so many tips and tricks to make my food tastier and healthier. I have a recipe validation group who are Foodie experts of different cuisines. Whenever I plan to introduce a new dish, this group of friends validate, suggest changes, recheck and then the dish goes for sale. Idiyappam with Veg Stew, Baked Cutlet with their suggestions helped me to satisfy the taste buds of my foodies!”

Wow, it’s no wonder that your food is so delicious, ma’am 🙂

When we asked Che Kiruthigha what advice she has for new Buddies looking to replicate her awesome success, she said, “Cook like you do for your kids and family. Enjoy each and every moment in the kitchen. Food added with love tastes better. FoodyBuddy is the right platform to pursue the passion for cooking.”

Chef Kiruthigha also gave us some information about her future plans. “With FoodyBuddy, now I am able to extend my kitchen to nearby apartments. I would say after my career break, FoodyBuddy gave me a breakthrough by giving me recognition and identity. I would love to fill my showcase with many monthly awards from FoodyBuddy. Future with FoodyBuddy looks tastier,” she said with a smile!

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Finally, Chef Kiruthigha had some warm words for her family. “My early childhood was in a joint family with grandparents, mom, dad, uncles, aunts, and cousins. So cooking for more people is in my blood. I would not have been able to do this now without learnings from my childhood. I am just the face of the kitchen, behind me there is a big team. My mom and dad’s blessings from their heavenly abode, my husband’s and sister’s support, my mother in law’s recipes and tricks and above all my kids’ help in and out of the kitchen. Without them, I can never imagine achieving this milestone,” she finished!

Thank you so much for being such an amazing chef and integral part of FoodyBuddy, ma’am, and all the very best to you going forward 🙂

If you would like to be a Home Chef on FoodyBuddy, please register by clicking here!

 

Chef of the Week, 15th March 2019 – Anju Rungta

Hello, Foodies and Buddies!

It’s time for a Chef of the Week column and this time around we have Chef Anju Rungta – a passionate FoodyBuddy chef – who recently crossed the 1000 Meals Sold Milestone!

We asked Chef Anju how she got her start on FoodyBuddy, and she replied, “My neighbour Seema introduced me to FoodyBuddy as she knows how much I like cooking. Hamare yahan kahavat hai, ‘Hum log khilate pilate ghar ke hai.’ (We say that we serve people food and drinks which are made in our own homes!)”

“We hail from Rajasthan where serving food is treated like providing a royal treatment to the guests who are treated like God – ‘Athiti Devo bhava!’”

“Our special thanks to Mrs Seema Syam, our next neighbour. She was the first one to talk to us about it. Her very positive comments encouraged us to try FoodyBuddy!”

We also asked her what keeps her inspired and motivated to keep selling. She replied, “I have a platform where I can work on my passion and get recognized on a daily basis. I feel appreciated of my capabilities and even been requested at times to cook to meet a Foody’s craving. The fact that I get appreciation so quickly itself is a motivation to cook and wait for the likes or wonderful messages people post.”

“The FoodyBuddy platform has brought me close to food enthusiasts who value homemade food that has purity and affection compared to that of store-bought foods. It’s sold as a commodity rather than a delicacy.”

“Another part of FoodyBuddy that is greatly enjoyed is the fact that everyone comes to our home to pick up the food. When they arrive, they provide feedback about what they ate last time, how delicious it was and how it brings a smile to all. It’s more a family than anything else within the neighbourhood.”

Chef Anju is a versatile chef and we asked her about her specialities.

She said, “Cooking is my passion and love. The ones I really like to make and get a lot of appreciation are Dal Baati and Churma Combo and Moong Ki Dal ka Halwa. When it comes to the breakfast menu, I love to make the Indore style Poha with Sev and Samosas.

In the last one year, Chef Anju has served hundreds of food lovers from all parts of India. She has been living in Karnataka for the last 40+ years and has a mix blend of both north and south Indian food. All our food lovers like the diversified recipes which Anju cooks.

Chef Anju’s delicious cooking has led to fantastic feedback with Foodies. A few of the messages are shared below:

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Poha:
“Everything was perfect for us. Thanks.”
“Yummy and light on the tummy.”
“Delicious Rajasthani food…absolutely recommended.”

Moong Dal Halwa:
“One of the tastiest Indian sweets. Very delicious.”

Dal Baati:
“Lip smacking taste and very filling. I shall order again for sure!”

Chef Anju also had some advice for new Buddies looking to follow her path to FoodyBuddy success. “As for advice to new buddies, I would tell them to cook with the same love and affection you cook for your family and to never compromise with the quantity and quality of food,” she said

Chef Anju also has some plans for healthy cooking and eating habits. “My future plans are to do develop a line for organic and naturopathy inspired foods. I have done various courses and plan to start providing those as well.”

We are certain you will achieve your goals, Chef Anju!

Finally, Chef Anju said in closing, “I am grateful to FoodyBuddy for giving me this platform from which I can serve the home cooked food to food lovers. The food cooked at home is grease-free which helps food lovers remain healthy even when eating outside of their home. Thanks a lot for this awesome idea”.

That is a beautiful way of thinking, Chef Anju, and we would like to thank you for being such a fantastic part of the FoodyBuddy family!

If you would like to be a Home Chef on FoodyBuddy, please register by clicking here!

Chef of the Week, 8th March 2019 – Sandhya Sinha

Hello, Foodies and Buddies!

It’s Chef of the Week time and on this edition, we have Chef Sandhya Sinha who has recently celebrated the 1000 Meals Sold Milestone and has now sold 1655 Meals during her time on FoodyBuddy.

We asked Chef Sandhya how she got started on FoodyBuddy and she replied, “I got to know about FoodyBuddy from my complex ladies WhatsApp group. I thought of giving it a try as I love cooking and cooking always made me happy. And here I am, crossing 1600 meals sold!”

Having hit these awesome milestones, we asked Chef Sandhya what keeps her going. She said, “The encouraging feedback and good testimonials from foodies inspire me to keep going.”

When quizzed on what her favourite dishes to cook are, Chef Sandhya answered, “I cook all types of food like Indian, Italian, and Chinese. I love to cook Spaghetti Aglio E Olio, Papdi Chaat, Rajma, and Matar ki Poori.”

She also told us about her most popular dishes. “The favourite dishes of my foodies are Poha, Papdi Chaat, Aloo Paratha, Nimki, and Besan Laddoos,” said Chef Sandhya.

Her Foodies definitely love her cooking as these screenshots show:

We asked Chef Sandhya what advice she had for new Buddies and she said, “According to me, quality is more important than quantity. I believe in serving quality food to my foodies. Use the best ingredients and cook with a lot of love and passion.”

We asked Chef Sandhya if she had anything to say in closing and she remarked, “Food is an integral part of our lives; more-so home food. Hence, more than a commercial enterprise, my focus is on creating and sharing food which is healthy, yet exciting, nutritious and wholesome, easy on the palate and purse.”

A truly lovely sentiment ma’am and we would like to wish you all the very best going forward! Thank you so much for being such an important part of FoodyBuddy!

If you would like to be a Home Chef on FoodyBuddy, please register by clicking here!

Chef of the Week, 1st March 2019 – Anjana Nath

Hello, Foodies and Buddies!

Welcome to the first Chef of the Week column of March 2019, featuring Chef Anjana Nath who has blazed her way to the 1000 Meals Sold Milestone!

We asked Chef Anjana how she got her start on FoodyBuddy and she replied, “I noticed an ad beside the elevator and I decided to contact the FoodyBuddy team and know more about it. No second thought was required after that.”

Having made such quick progress to 1000 Meals, Chef Anjana gave us some insight into what keeps her inspired. She said, ” I am driven by passion. Cooking has been my passion ever since my childhood!”

Chef Anjana is a versatile cook and it certainly shows. “I love the word multicuisine which I have incorporated here. In my house, I cook special dishes during weekends or even on weekdays which I share on the FoodyBuddy app. My favourite dish is Kachoris. For me, every Sunday morning, the breakfast should be kachoris,” she said with a smile.

Chef Anjana’s most popular dishes include Peas Kachoris, Hing Kachoris, Stuffed Parathas, Muffins, Rum Balls, Caramel Custard, Brownies, Super-Soft Phulkas, and Bengali Delicacies!

Her buyers most definitely appreciate Chef Anjana’s awesome cooking. Recounting one memorable experience with a buyer, Chef Anjana said, “It was the best compliment ever when an aunty complimented the Hing Kachoris saying, “You reminded me of Banaras!” Personally, I have never been to Banaras, but I have seen my granny preparing Hing Kachoris which I have inherited.”

Chef Anjana also has some short and sweet advice for new sellers on the FoodyBuddy platform. She said, “Be a customer first to serve a customer!”

Finally, in closing, Chef Anjana said that her future plans involve crossing more Milestones on FoodyBuddy!

We are glad to hear that, ma’am, and we wish you all the very best going forward. Thank you so much for being such an integral part of our FoodyBuddy family 🙂

If you would like to be a Home Chef on FoodyBuddy, please register by clicking here!