Chef of the Week, 13th September 2019 – Rosemary Dean

Hello, Foodies and Buddies!

Our Chef of the Week column features Chef Rosemary Dean and she is one of FoodyBuddy’s most popular Buddies having crossed the 1000 Meals Sold Milestone!

We asked Chef Rosemary how she got started with FoodyBuddy and she replied, “The Magical Malhar is where my FoodyBuddy journey started. For the longest time, only bulk cooking happened for my son’s parties and festivals but I must say the love to feed was and is always a part of our family, we can never make small quantities.”

“Every single person in my family and my extended family love to feed and eat so cooking was a natural extension of that. My kitchen is not just me, but also my mom Maggie who is the best at everything and my husband Dean who loves biriyani is an expert at it. There are dishes named after them that they are specialists in,” concluded with a smile.

We asked Chef Rosemary what are those specialist dishes of her kitchen and she said, “As mentioned before my kitchen has 3 chefs. My mom, Maggie, is an expert in Kerala food while my husband, Dean, is our Biryani specialist. As for me, I love making continental food!”

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Chef Rosemary’s kitchen has sold well over 1000 Meals on FoodyBuddy and when quizzed on what keeps her motivated to keep selling she said, “That is easy, the appreciation, expression and satisfaction of seeing someone eat something that you have cooked and enjoy it is the reason I can rarely say no to cooking!” What a lovely sentiment, ma’am 🙂

It’s certainly a sentiment that her Foodies appreciate and Chef Rosemary shared some memorable interactions she has had on FoodyBuddy.

“Special interactions are many in Malhar. From kids polishing off cakes to a couple who order for custard every time I make it and parents telling me that their kid had a non-veg dish for the first time and loved it!

But the one that was special was a family of 15 with family members from diffident parts of the world with different taste preferences who had us cooking for them all through the Christmas holidays. Them saying not only that they loved every dish served but that they got to spend more time with each other than in the kitchen!”

Chef Rosemary also told us about her most popular dishes. She said, “Apart from the regular combos our pork and beef dishes are the best sellers!”

Chef Rosemary is a beloved Buddy and she had some advice for new Chefs on FoodyBuddy. “Being a Buddy needs three must-have qualities. A Love for Food, People, and Cooking. Only a combination of all these three makes this a passion that makes all the hard work worth it,” she adviced.

Finally, we enquired after Chef Rosemary’s future plans and she replied, “Two years back I didn’t have a clue I would do this so let see what delightful journey lies ahead!”

Thank you so much, Chefs Rosemary, Maggie, and Dean for bringing your Malhar Magic to FoodyBuddy and we wish you all the very best going forward 🙂

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Chef of the Week, 2nd August 2019 – Cyndia Ann

Hello, Foodies and Buddies!

Welcome back to our Chef of the Week series and on this edition, we have Chef Cyndia Ann – FoodyBuddy’s Ice Cream Maker Extraordinaire – taking her place in the spotlight after having sold over 1000 Meals on the platform 🙂

Chef Cyndia gave us a beautiful writeup about herself and her love for food and we have it in its entirety here:

“Hey everyone, I’m Cyndia and I’m a sweetaholic.

I have this crazy love for sweets, be it a Tiramisu, or a Rasmalai, or a fabulous cheesecake and oh my god, just plain finger-licking chocolate sauce. Damn, I’m drooling here, just talking about it.

This love for sweets made me raid every container in the kitchen and the fridge and whip up one yummy thing or the other. From working as an insurance specialist to quitting and getting married, and then taking my Queen of the household position wasn’t particularly hard.

My mom is an amazing baker and I knew my baking basics from her. I ventured into the world of cakes, cupcakes, cookies and then moved onto cheesecakes, entremets, little miniature french desserts etc. Mind you, all this was in my kitchen and family and only for friends who would ask specifically for the things that they love. I had no particular interest in taking baking as a major business. I also completed my MBA on the side and I really was looking for an opportunity to start up something. And I wanted to get into one product, a single product and a widely acceptable one, which is a daily or at least weekly ritual for many. That’s how I zeroed in on ice creams.

Currently, I focus on Ice creams only and make one of the best possible ones out there. I took my time to learn the science and the intricacies of ice creams, on how to manage the texture of something that is a very complex, intricate and delicate substance. Every single ingredient that goes into an ice cream has a function and balancing it out to get to the right texture was a huge learning experience and am still learning it with every new flavour I introduce. Ice creams became an obsession and a chemistry class for me. Learning about emulsions and colloidal dispersions became a wonderful thing, like a little scientist in the kitchen. All because it is so worth it and so delicious.

I started off with a Facebook page called Omm Nom Nomm, pronounced um nom nom, the sound that someone makes when you eat something really yum. Or if you’re a fan of Cookie monster, it’s the sound that he makes when eating his cookie. I specialize in Super Premium and Premium French Style Ice creams. French-style specifically means the usage of eggs in the ice cream, and it makes it richer, creamier and smoother. That being said, some of the fruit flavours that I make are without egg, as it brings out the flavour of the fruit much better.

Foodybuddy was active in the community that I lived in previously, and I’ve watched a lot of people actively enjoying the app, buying and selling. At that point, I was still learning how to make proper ice creams and didn’t make a move until way later. Then I moved into an independent house and completely forgot about FoodyBuddy since I didn’t have a specific community to purchase from. Continued with Omm Nom Nomm sales through Facebook and word of mouth from several patrons. One of them, about 3-4 months ago, mentioned that FoodyBuddy has the option of selling in several communities as long as you’re willing to deliver it. This was a new revelation for me, as previously as per my understanding, it was only for the specific community that I was living in.

I reached out to the Foodybuddy team and they were more than helpful. They introduced me to the private kitchen option and guided me with all the apartments that were in the vicinity and some of which I already had customers from. FoodyBuddy gave me much wider visibility amongst ice cream lovers. As you talk to more and more customers, you get to understand what they like, what is important for them, and how can you evolve accordingly. That is the basis of how I grow. So every customer that I meet is important, every person has a say, and I work accordingly as best as I can.

Every single word of appreciation means a lot as it brings out the best in me. The need to evolve and be better and better comes from it. A lot of my customers start buying ice creams for their children and then they taste it and fall in love with it. As adults, a lot of us are not used to having ice creams much and I’m trying to slowly reintroduce that favourite childhood moment in them, one person at a time.

Younger people generally tend to opt for the chocolate flavours, like the Belgian Chocolate or Choco Fudge Brownie, and as you get slightly older, I’ve noticed that they pick fruitier flavours like Tropical Mango, Sweet Strawberry, Midsummer Mulberry, Mint Chocolate Flake etc. People who prefer a tangy flavour pick the Luscious Lemon and if you are a coffee fan, then definitely Mocha. Salted Caramel is a big seller and so is Pink Guava. Everyone finds their own favourites and that’s amazing. I especially love it, when customers come back and tell me, that they can’t have store-bought ice creams anymore, and they don’t want to settle for anything less.

All of the ice creams that I currently make are 100% natural, no artificial emulsifiers, stabilizers or preservatives. All of the fruit ice creams use only real fruit and no added essences or extracts either. However, I’ve had requests from a lot of people to introduce ice creams which incorporate other favourite treats like Ferrero Rocher, Oreos, Kit Kats etc, so those are also on the cards soon enough. As I grow and fine-tune my recipes and flavours, my hope is that I would be able to serve these amazing, yummy treats to a much wider audience.

FoodyBuddy as an avenue has helped me a lot in terms of widening my horizons and it is great for anyone who is making amazing food and wants to serve that in their neighbourhood. If you have the passion and the drive to follow through, anything is possible. People love good food and you just have to make the best that you can and serve. Making sure that your logistics are in place for delivery, making sure it reaches on time, and without any hitches en route, adds to the wonderful experience of lovely home-cooked food. Kudos to the team for setting this up and making it a wonderful platform.

Thanks & with lots of ice creams ready to be served,
Cyndia”

Having personally tasted Chef Cyndia’s ice creams, I can safely say that they are amongst the very best I have ever had and here are some amazing pictures of her decadent treats:

Thank you, ma’am, for such amazing insight and give us all the intricate details about what it means to be the master of one’s craft 🙂

We wish you all the very best going forward and can’t wait to taste more of your superb ice creams!

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Chef of the Week, 12th July 2019 – Priyanka Sharma

Hello, Foodies and Buddies!

A huge shoutout to Chef Priyanka Sharma who is our latest Chef of the Week having crossed the 1000 Meals Milestone on FoodyBuddy!

We had a brief chat with Chef Priyanka to learn about her FoodyBuddy experience starting with how she became a Buddy.

She replied, “I saw an article in the newspaper that had some chefs talking about how much they enjoy this process. I was always inclined towards cooking and hence I also enrolled.” We are glad that you did, ma’am!

Chef Priyanka showed us the real passion of a chef when we spoke to her about what keeps her inspired. “There is a certain emotion that comes alive for people who like to cook. It is like nurturing a child. I also enjoy the fact that in a limited way, I can also keep experimenting with ingredients, style of cooking, recipients etc. Overall, a very nice feeling,” she said.

Chef Priyanka is a specialist in North Indian cuisine. “I mostly cook North Indian cuisines but that too in a way that is acceptable to most palettes. As I cook, I envisage that the person savouring the dish must feel like this would have been cooked at their own house. I am very particular about hygiene, and the food being cooked fresh and being served hot,” she explained.

When asked about what her most popular dishes were, she replied, “I have a couple of them actually. Banjara Mutton Curry with Ajwain Parathas and the other one is Ajwain Puri with Aloo Curry and Halwa. Both of them have been great hits!”

Her buyers are certainly aware of Chef Priyanka’s skill in the kitchen and don’t hesitate to let her know.

“I get lots of messages and compliments, mostly 1-to-1 on my phone. People are very appreciative. The one that I like most is when people say the food was “divine” or when they say, ‘This is how exactly my mom would have cooked it.’ I know a couple of students and single moms, who do their daily chores well because they have outsourced their “kitchens” to me and are secure that their eating needs will be taken care of,”  said Chef Priyanka with a fond smile.

Our esteemed Chef also had a few short words of advice to new Buddies. She said, “Just cook they way you would have cooked for yourself and enjoy the process.”

Finally, in closing, Chef Priyanka said regarding her future, “Let’s see. For now, it is about cooking, trying, learning and cooking some more!”

We wish you all the very best, ma’am, and thank you for being such an integral part of our family 🙂

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Chef of the Week, 28th June 2019 – Babli Guha

Hello, Foodies and Buddies!

Time for our final Chef of the Week feature for the month of June and we have Chef Babli Guha taking her place in the spotlight this time around!

Chef Babli Guha

Chef Babli has sold more than 1000 Meals on FoodyBuddy and we asked her how she got started on this epic journey. She replied, ” I was in a WhatsApp group willing to sell food from where (FoodyBuddy CEO) Akil contacted me and gave the brief about this app!”

Chef Babli also credits the feedback she receives for keeping her interested in selling on FoodyBuddy even after 1000 Meals!  She said, “Well, it is the kind of love and the feedback people give after eating my food, that is what inspires me!”

Chef Babli is an immensely popular Buddy who cooks everything but it is her Non-Vegetarian dishes which attract the most attention and her most popular dish if the Chicken Mayo Roll!

When asked about what her interactions are like with her Foodies, Chef Babli said, “They just greet in a wonderful manner which makes me overwhelmed!” That’s so heart-warming to hear, ma’am 🙂

She also had some words of wisdom to impart to new Buddies. “For new Buddies, I would say that you should never get upset during the first few days, be patient and continue cooking,” she explained.

Chef Babli also has some inspiring dreams for her future. She said, “Well, I have a dream of opening my own themed restaurant and being the head chef there!”

That sounds really amazing, ma’am, and we would like to wish you all the very best going forward. Thank you so much for being such an integral part of the FoodyBuddy family 🙂

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Chef of the Week, 21st June 2019 – Panchami G. Varma

Hello, Foodies and Buddies!

We have the amazing and highly popular Chef Panchami G Varma as our Chef of the Week, with the beloved Buddy having recently crossed the 1000 Meals Sold Milestone!

Chef Panchami described her start on FoodyBuddy saying, “As I am very passionate about cooking, I immediately joined!”

Chef Panchami G Varma

When asked about her inspiration to keep selling on FoodyBuddy, Chef Panchami explained, “As I mentioned, I am very passionate about cooking. I do make different dishes every day at home, even before joining FoodyBuddy. I owe my cooking knowledge to my mother who was also a good cook and I learned most of my learning from her. I had made several changes in the recipe and made different experiments successfully.”

Chef Panchami is an expert at both North Indian and South Indian dishes and she described explained her versatility saying, “I am a vegetarian cook and mainly south Indian dishes. As I stayed in Delhi also for some time, I have learned some North Indian dishes as well. I can cook any vegetarian dish, really. Even in Foodybuddy also some of my customers have requested for some dishes which I never tried and not even in my menu. I was successfully able to prepare those to their satisfaction.”

She also about her most popular dishes, “All my dishes liked by my Foodies and I get many requests. To name some of them, they are Mini Lunch, Idli Vada Sambar, Aviyal, and Chole Bature.”

Chef Panchami also said about interactions with her Buddies, “Whenever I meet my foodies, they have a lot of appreciation for me. I also noticed, that their respect for me has increased since I started the business.”

That’s lovely to hear, ma’am 🙂

Chef Panchami’s vast experience also means she has some pearls of wisdom for new Buddies. She said, “Understand your Foodies and the dishes should be tailored to their liking. As a Buddy, we may know many dishes, but if we are not able to provide what they need, it is no use. I am saying this in personal experience in interacting with some other Buddies.”

Finally, Chef Panchami said in closing, “I wanted to add more dishes to my menu and a la carte menu. This will help the foodies to pick choose the item they wanted than buy what I propose.”

“Now I am hitting the limit that you have imposed on the number of items,” she concluded with a smile!

Thank you for your amazing contributions to the FoodyBuddy community ma’am, and we would like to wish you all the very best going forward 🙂

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