Home chefs continue to raise a culinary storm in pandemic time
With the onset of the pandemic, a large number of people turned home chefs
Those who enjoy cooking, home kitchens can be therapeutic. With ghar ki rasoi being at the centre stage, as predicted by Godrej Food Trends Report 2021, a whole new breed of home chefs channelled their inner culinary skills to dish out that amazing chicken curry or the tastiest dal-khichdi from the comfort of their home kitchens. While some were already established before the lockdown, many have taken the opportunity to learn and grow their business. Here are some stories that might inspire you to kickstart your home chef careers.
Dough & Batter
Dough & Batter is an artisanal bakery based in Mumbai run by the father-daughter duo who started their home bakery in March, 2020. Starting with sourdough bread and cakes, currently, they have an array of speciality European bread, cupcakes and cookies.
Check out their Instagram page for more details: https://www.instagram.com/the.dough.and.batter/?hl=en
Aparna Sasidharan, a passionate home chef, based out of Pune, started her business during the pandemic as there was a demand for homecooked meals during lockdowns. Since many people were tired of eating the same dishes at home, Aparna took the opportunity to take her business Spice Belly to people all over town. Specialising in Kerala cuisine, her menu boasts of unique delicacies like Sugiyan (sweet snack), Karimeen fry, Kerala rice, among others.
Check out her Instagram handle for more details: https://www.instagram.com/spice_belly/?hl=en
Le Petit Chou
Run by Arati Rao from her kitchen in Bengaluru, Le Petit Chou offers a range of viennoiseries (baked treats) that are perfect for mid-day hunger pangs. Arati makes everything fresh and takes orders through her Instagram page where she shares the menu once you contact her. She specialises in tarts, eclairs, mousse, macarons, quiches, croissants and much more.
More details on her Instagram page: https://www.instagram.com/le.petitchou/
Do you know of any other home chefs who donned the chef’s hat during the pandemic? Share in the comments section below.