Chef of the Week, 14th June 2019 – Sneha Kakarlapudi

Hello, Foodies and Buddies!

We have Chef Sneha from Serene County as our Chef of the Week and she is one FoodyBuddy’s most beloved Buddies!

Chef Sneha explained to us how she got started on FoodyBuddy. She said, “Nowadays, WhatsApp is the most common platform of communication and it turned out to be lucky as I saw the post about Foodybuddy in one of our community WhatsApp Groups and instantly started exploring! I have always loved cooking and took this as an opportunity!”

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Having sold over 1000 meals during her time on the platform, we asked Chef Sneha what keeps her inspired and she answered, “Feedback and right appreciation is the best key to success! I get inspired by the testimonials and encouraging feedback from the Foodies!”

Chef Sneha specialises in a variety of food. She remarked, “I am known for different kinds of yummy pasta! That’s what I have been known for in our community even before I started as a chef in FoodyBuddy.”

“Oh, and also authentic Andhra Cuisine especially Chicken Pulao,” she added.

Chef Sneha said about her most ordered dishes, “There are various dishes Foodies specifically ask for and Chicken Cutlets, Quesadillas, Chicken Curry, Strawberry Parfait, and Chicken & Tomato Pickles are the most popular dishes!”

“It makes me very happy when the foodies personally call me or text me to appreciate the food,” Chef Sneha said, and she certainly gets plenty of compliments! Here are a few 🙂

Chef Sneha had some short and sweet advice for new Buddies. She said, “Giving quality food is always important along with quantity!”

When quizzed about her future Chef Sneha, she said, “I would love to introduce more recipes from different cuisines and hope would continue to get all the appreciation and support from my Foodies.”

We are sure you will, ma’am 🙂

Finally, in closing, Chef Sneha said, “I would like to thank the FoodyBuddy team for making this platform a success and also selecting me as a Chef of the Week!

“Also, I would like to thank my husband for the support he rendered, without him I wouldn’t have been in this platform, my kids who help me with the deliveries and understanding my work, my sister who’s my biggest confidence booster, my family friends and cousins who all know my love for cooking and have been wishing me for my progress!”

That’s lovely to hear, Chef Sneha, and we would like to wish you all the very best going forward!

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

Chef of the Week, 7th June 2019 – Pooja Sirohi

Hello, Foodies and Buddies!

Welcome to the first Chef of the Week feature for the month of June and on this edition, we have Chef Pooja Sirohi who has recently crossed the 1000 Meals Sold Milestone and is one of the top chefs in her community!

Chef Pooja started off by saying, “First, I want to say, ‘Thank You’ to all the Foodies and Buddies. Because of all of you, I am happily able to cross the 1000 Meals Sold Milestone!”

Congratulations on your achievement, ma’am 🙂

Chef Pooja described how she got started on FoodyBuddy. She said, “I heard about FoodyBuddy from my neighbours and friends and it sounded very fascinating to me. Cooking is my passion so I decided to try it out. After seeing the good response from the people who are buying from me, I became a regular home chef on the platform!”

Having sold more than a 1000 Meals since joining with FoodyBuddy, Chef Pooja says that her inspiration comes from her buyers. She said, “My inspiration is my Foodies and their lovely, motivating comments which helps me keep selling. FoodyBuddy is a great platform where we can order fresh, hygienic, delicious home cooked reasonable food as per our taste and that’s awesome!”

Chef Pooja specialises in North Indian Food and said that her most popular dishes are Matar Paneer, Aloo Paratha, Tadka Dal, Bhindi Fry, and Chole Bhature. She continued, “I also get personal requests for Chole Bhature from my foodies as per their taste which I really love to cook cause I always want them to enjoy and want them to feel like every bite is worth having!”

It such thoughtful cooking which has gotten Chef Pooja some amazing testimonials which you can see here:

Chef Pooja had some short and sweet words for new Buddies. She said, “This is a great platform just start and keep moving!”

Finally, she said in closing, “A big thank you to all the Foodies once again for their love and support! I would again take up this opportunity to thank the entire FoodyBuddy team!”

Thank you so much for such kind words, ma’am, and we wish you all the very best of luck going forward! Congrats, once again 🙂

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

 

Chef of the Week, 31st May 2019 – Chef Geeta!

Hello, Foodies and Buddies!

Welcome to the final Chef of the theWeek column for the month of May where Chef Geeta from Goodearth Kengeri takes her rightful place in the spotlight! Chef Geeta is one of the top chefs on the entire platform and she has completed nearly 2000 Meals on FoodyBuddy!

We caught up with Chef Geeta for an insightful interview and it was quite an amazing experience.

In her own words, Chef Geeta described her start on FoodyBuddy saying, “The society where we stay is a bit off the mainstream city tadka. There are not many viable food options around, as it is on the outskirts of the city. So, a neighbour of mine and I came together with a plan to start a community initiative of a pop-up cafe. Each house in our amazingly planned society, tells a story with its rustic space. So the plan was that anyone who likes to cook could host neighbours as per their comfort and interest. Being full-time professionals, we were not able to give the time we would have wanted to refine the process and operations. One day I was discussing this idea with one of my colleagues and she happened to mention Foodybuddy. I came home and did my research and it was a eureka moment. Next thing I remember is having discussions with the community members and the FoodyBuddy team!”

It is through Chef Geeta’s efforts that FoodyBuddy is such a resounding success in Goodearth Kengeri and the residents are able to enjoy delicious homemade food regularly!

And despite having sold nearly 2000 Meals, Chef Geeta’s passion has never waned. She has been inspired to continue selling from a place of caring.

“Being raised in a joint family I got to learn a lot about herbs and spices and their medicinal use as my grandfather was an Ayurvedic doctor and used to treat patients suffering from chronic diseases who used to visit him from all across the country. My granny was the most wonderful chef I knew and she would prepare the meals in accordance with the treatment my grandfather used to decide. I was her favourite and was in the kitchen playing with things when I was as little as 3 years old. Later, I went on to do my graduation with a major in food science and nutrition. Having this zeal to explore new food not just to eat but to prepare, I always have cooked for friends and family whenever an opportunity presented itself.”

“Thanks to FoodyBuddy, I have the platform to explore the food and express myself through it further. The community I live in also plays a big part in inspiring me. The ideology of the community is echoed in the concept of FoodyBuddy at so many levels that it receives a warm and swift welcome. Being the one to introduce FoodyBuddy in the community, I feel an onus to ensure that the initiative keeps going on and at the same time in doing my bit for the cause that everyone should have access to home cooked healthy food,” explained Chef Geeta.

Chef Geeta is an avid chef and she told us about her specialities and favourite dishes to make.

She said, “My favourite is regional country food. I love to learn and prepare the regional dishes of India while keeping an authentic taste. There is so much beauty in preparing a variety of dishes with the same ingredients. Trying your hand at age-old recipes, and understanding the value of the process, time, utensils and techniques in these old recipes is mesmerising!

“I love making Sweets, Curries, Breads, Chaats from different regions of India like North Karnataka, Bihar, Mangalore, the Godavari Region, Rajasthan, Punjab, Gujarat, UP, and Maharashtra. That’s the reason, I don’t generally offer standard dishes again and again. Cooking so many different things, sometimes they get accepted but other times the tummy wants what it has tried and tested!”

What a wonderful perspective on the art of cooking 🙂

Chef Geeta also has a unique way to keep her Foodies’ interests at the heart of her cooking. Speaking about her most popular dishes, she said, “There are a few dishes like Chaats, Snacks, and Salads that are enjoyed a lot. However, as I enjoy cooking different dishes, I offer a ‘Combo of the Day’ option to my Foodies. Here, they have the full freedom to customise the combo and so it makes it a favourite both for me and the people. There have been times when the same person has ordered it for a month to try out all the options that I will offer in the combo!”

Chef Geeta cares a great deal about her Foodies and they certainly reciprocate the sentiment. Speaking about special interactions with her buyers, Chef Geeta said, “Oh, there are so many. Foodybuddy has really brought that appreciation box in my cooking life!

“People in our society are so generous and all of us chefs are grateful for that. I believe that you can not cook at your best 100% of the time. But till date, I haven’t come across anybody anytime who has said anything negative though praises follow through all the mediums like WhatsApp group comments or testimonials on the app or personal messages, face to face recognition, and so on.

“One time someone posted in a group that getting a dish from me is like buying a ticket from the tatkal railway. The window is short and you have to be at your best fastest skills to get it,” she said with a laugh.

She continued, “I am grateful that as many dishes I intend to prepare, are always well-received by people. Sometimes people surprise me by making my favourite dishes for me. It becomes overwhelming many a time.”

“Many of the parents who order say that their kids eat double the quantity when I cook for them when they thought their kid was a fussy eater. With my Phulkas people say that I use a special Aata or that I use a circle cutter to make them all round and of the same size. Some have even come to watch me make them.

“However, interactions that moved me a lot are when once, kids from the neighbouring families wanted to have Phulkas. Now thinking that 4-5 kids below 10 years will eat only a little, I prepared 15 Phulkas. By the time I was done with the 15th, the Phulka box was empty. I realised then that these kids are not going to stop and so I ended up doing 15 more Phulkas. Their parents told me that nothing would make them happier than their kids eating this heartful!”

“The Second most wild moment has been when someone changed the date of a gathering when they got to know that I am travelling and not available to cook. They said they wanted to serve my food to their guests and so would delay their coming rather than miss my food. I could not believe someone could do that for my food.”

Absolutely amazing stories, Chef Geeta! Thanks so much for sharing them with us 🙂

When asked about what advice she would have for new Buddies, Chef Geeta said, “Make sure that you are into it for the love and joy of cooking. It is the only way you would give your best every day despite all the setbacks, challenges and tiredness. And only when you give your best in terms of quality, taste, quantity and service, your food will be cherished and bring a smile to your face and joy to your heart.”

“Compliments, money, communication, recognition and all such things are the perks of doing it and not the reasons. The burnt hands, hours toiling work, standing for the whole day, running to shops at odd hours for ingredients, delayed or early pick up requests, continuous engagement with people can only be done on a daily basis with happiness if you enjoy what you are doing,” she concluded.

Chef Geeta also sees food as a very real possibility in terms of her future. “Till very recently, I had been in a full-time profession. People around me think my calling is in the food sector. I’m currently relishing my break by exploring my passion for food and I am enjoying cooking for my people here,” she explained.

And finally, Chef Geeta provided some closing words. She said, “You guys are the best in supporting and providing a useful platform. Keep up the great work. All the power to the team!”

Thank you so much for such kind words, Chef Geeta, and a special thanks for providing us with such detailed answers and insights! Everyone here at FoodyBuddy wishes you all the very best going forward and thanks you for being such a special part of our journey 🙂

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

Chef of the Week, 24th May 2019 – Preetha Ima

Hello, Foodies and Buddies!

Welcome to our Chef of the Week column and on this edition, we have Chef Preetha Ima who recently crossed the 1000 Meals Sold Milestone! Congrats to Chef Preetha who has come such a long way since her start on FoodyBuddy.

She described her start on the platform saying, “My friend, Swati, from our community, sent me the link to the FoodyBuddy app and [FoodyBuddy Employee] Rashimtha met me in person and explained the rest!”

Having made such tremendous progress on the FoodyBuddy platform, we were wondering what keeps Chef Preeth inspired and she replied, “I started cooking and selling on FoodyBuddy as a hobby – a means to earn some money by doing what I love – but when I saw the response from my clients and the feedback from people who enjoyed my food I just got motivated to cook more and try recipes which I hadn’t made in a long time!”

Your Foodies are certainly grateful to you for that, Chef Preetha 🙂

When asked about her most popular dishes, Chef Preetha referred us to the words of her Foodies and said, “People tell me that I make good appetisers – my cutlets, rolls and other hors d’oeuvre always get good reviews, and I love making them for people! Also, my Lemon-Mint Squash has been getting fabulous reviews this summer and so have my desserts. I’m always open to experimenting!”

Chef Preetha’ most popular dishes include Cutlets, Baked Rolls, Apple Upside-Down Cake, Caramel Pudding, Tawa Fish Fry, Chilli Pickle, and Mint-Lime Squash!

We also asked Chef Preetha what advice she has for new Buddies and she said, “FoodyBuddy is a beautiful platform to showcase our talent. Don’t give up,  keep cooking, and spread the joy!”

When quizzed about her future plans, Chef Preetha explained with a smile, “I never thought I would be in this business – I just always loved cooking for people and volume was never an issue. I’m glad people say that the quality is consistent! I’m just going to continue sharing the joy of cooking from my kitchen – and if the business grows? Then, I’m all the happier!”

What a wonderful attitude, ma’am!

Finally, Chef Preeth said in closing, “I don’t think FoodyBuddy has missed much. The app was pretty new to me but it was easy to get used to, and the visibility online in social media definitely helps. Glad to be on board and hoping for a long a fruitful partnership!”

We certainly hope so too, and we wish you all the very best going forward, Chef!

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

Chef of the Week, 3rd May 2019 – Usha Kedar Shenoy!

Hello, Foodies and Buddies!

Welcome to our first Chef of the Week feature for the month of May where Chef Usha Kedar Shenoy takes her place in the spotlight. Chef Usha is one of the most loved chefs on the FoodyBuddy who has recently crossed the 1000 Meals Sold Milestone!

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We asked Chef Usha how she got started on the FoodyBuddy app and she said, ” I always loved cooking and feeding people. One day a friend of mine told me about the FoodyBuddy app and suggested that I should join as a chef. I checked online, loved this new concept and immediately enrolled myself!”

Having sold such a large number of meals, what is it that keeps Chef Usha motivated to keep selling? She replied, “The love and appreciation I get from my Foodies, and the support from my family and friends makes me want to do more in FoodyBuddy.”

When quizzed on her specialities, Chef Usha said, “As a mother of two, I love to cook all kinds of cuisines and I strongly believe that cooking at home lets your kids enjoy all their favourite food without compromising on taste and nutrition.”

That is exactly the thought process behind FoodyBuddy, ma’am 🙂

Chef Usha has a lot of popular dishes, some of which she listed. “A few of the items that buyers ask from me are Mangalorean breakfast dishes like Shevai, Neer Dosa and different kinds of Idli/Dosa batters, Chutney Powder, Chat items like Ragda Pattis, Fast food items like Jumbo Veggie Burgers, etc. My signature dishes are Egg Boat, Methi Salad, Purple Cabbage Salad, and Cream of Mushroom Soup,”

A great variety of dishes by a versatile chef!

Chef Usha has had some memorable interactions with her Foodies. She said, “I love it when some of my cute little customers call me, ‘Chutney Powder Aunty,’ ‘Yummy Dosa Aunty,’ and ‘Super Burger Aunty.’ etc.”

She continued, “My happiest moments are when I ring the bell and these kids come running to give me a hug. Once a mother even told me that her little one sprinkled my chutney powder on noodles ordered from a restaurant and exclaimed, ‘Now, it’s tasty!’
And I feel blessed when customers appreciate my batter for making their breakfast easy and healthy.”

When asked what tips she had for other new chefs looking to emulate her success, Chef Usha said, “My tips to new buddies is that cook with love and put all your good vibes in it and your food definitely will turn out to be tasty and healthy!”

Great advice, Chef 🙂

And in closing, Chef Usha said,  “I want to introduce more of our traditional Mangalorean dishes in my FoodyBuddy kitchen and thanks to Foodybuddy for giving me this platform to hone my cooking skills!”

Thank you so much for being a part of the FoodyBuddy family, Chef Usha, 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!