Hello, Foodies and Buddies!
Welcome to our latest Chef of the Week column and on this edition, we have Chef Nikita Ritesh Bharuka who recently crossed the 1000 Meals Sold Milestone!
Before we got started with our questions, this is what Chef Nikita had to say:
A big ‘Hello’ to all my foodies and buddies out there! First of all, it feels amazing and gives me chills to be a part of this honour. Thanks a ton to the entire team of FoodyBuddy for choosing me as your Chef of the Week. ☺☺
Its rightly said; Cooking is the most unselfish art; just like a great artist, a good Chef must have an audience worth cooking for!”
We asked Chef Nikita how she got started on her FoodyBuddy journey and she answered, “I joined the team of FoodyBuddy a while after it was launched here in Republic of Whitefield.
Initially, I was hesitant if I would be able to take it up and live up to people’s expectations. But then I thought to myself that my cooking and food is not going to be just about impressing people, but it has to make them feel comfortable, fit into their requirements and it has to build their trust in me.”
Chef Nikita has quickly become one of the top-selling Chefs on the FoodyBuddy and we asked her what keeps her inspired.
She replied, “It’s rightly said; no matter how good a chef you are, it’s not really so good just cooking for yourself, the actual joy lies in cooking for others. And when your hard work gets a thumbs up, that is like an icing on the cake!
When you have such a loving & a supportive husband by your side the confidence just goes to another level. After an entire hectic day at the office when my husband returns home and offers me to help in the kitchen or to deliver food it just gets me going to do a lot more.”
That’s lovely to hear, ma’am 🙂
During the course of this conversation, we also touched upon Chef Nikita’s most popular dishes and she said, “Just like colours there are so many flavours to cooking, it’s just how you combine them that sets you apart. My list of favourites is huge but to name a few, I like to make fast food items, different forms of sweet dishes, sandwiches, parathas, chole bhature, samosa, kulfi, soup, and the list goes on!”
Chef Nikita also gave us some insight into her most popular dishes amongst her buyers. She said, “To name a few there are regular buyers of potato cheese sandwiches, tomato soup, chole bhature, masala chai, aloo paratha, paneer paratha, kulfis/ popsicles, veg supreme pizza, batata puri, dahi puri, eggless honey cake, chocolate cake, sabudana vada, and more.”
Chef Nikita’s Foodies certainly agree and their beloved chef also told us about her most memorable interactions with her buyers.
“I feel really good when I receive any request from someone asking for their favourite dish. It feels like I have managed to gain their love & trust for my cooking.
There have been times when I meet people in the elevator or somewhere taking a walk and they express how good the food was, telling me that their child loved the taste and ate it without any fuss, and asking me to please share the recipe. So it really gives me more confidence and boosts up my level. I get motivated to keep on improving and adding more varieties”
Having made such a positive impact on the FoodyBuddy platform, we asked Chef Nikita what advice she had for new Buddies and she replied, “My only tip to new Buddies would be just love & enjoy what you do and the results would be great naturally.
For me, there are no set rules for cooking. It just depends on your imaginations and taste buds and how wild you can go with your experiments and research for something new all the time.”
Chef Nikita also gave us some insight into her future plans. She said, “I still call myself a cook and not a chef because I feel I have to keep learning, exploring, hone my skills, meet like-minded people. Spending time in the kitchen with someone who loves to cook – like my husband – and eat as much as I do is really fun and educational and am sure will take me a long way. I will live up to the tag line of my profile which says, ‘Variety is the spice of life that gives it all its flavours’ and keep innovating!”
Absolutely lovely mindset, Chef Nikita 🙂
Finally, this is what Chef Nikita had to say in closing, “I feel really blessed to be a part of this amazing platform and all it takes is that one step out of our comfort zone. As Thomas Wolfe once said, ‘There is no spectacle on earth more appealing than that of a beautiful woman in the act of cooking dinner for someone she loves’!
Thanks, FoodyBuddy Team, once again for bringing this amazing platform and opportunity into our lives. You are doing an amazing job. I have a huge friend circle now which was close to zero when I started here. All credit goes to only you. A big thank you!”
Thank you so much, Chef Nikita, for such wonderfully warm words and for being such an important part of our family. Everyone here at FoodyBuddy would like to wish you all the very best going forward 🙂