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In pictures: Lockdown brings out hidden culinary talents of many

Updated : October 07, 2020 07:23 AM IST

As they say, sometimes it takes a crisis for people to realize their potential! One scroll down your Instagram feed is evidence enough to show how thousands found escape in the kitchen. While most were looking at it as a means to break the monotony of lockdown life, for some, it marked the take-off of a career. Though people are shifting to making a different choice by not ordering food from a preferred restaurant and opting for home chefs and bakers, the concept is yet to get popular. However, the future is definitely bright as more such options are now available for special orders. With video journalist Balbir Singh, Timsy Jaipuria in New Delhi explores this new trend…

A former customs and excise officer, Anandi Iyer, was always keen to explore a career in the culinary arts. What started as an experiment, now takes up a large chunk of her time.
A former customs and excise officer, Anandi Iyer, was always keen to explore a career in the culinary arts. What started as an experiment, now takes up a large chunk of her time.
Anandi takes orders for customized cakes and bakery products and uses Uber to deliver the goods.
Anandi takes orders for customized cakes and bakery products and uses Uber to deliver the goods.
When not meeting deadlines, Anandi is found in her kitchen planning a menu for a pet café she now plans to open in Noida.
When not meeting deadlines, Anandi is found in her kitchen planning a menu for a pet café she now plans to open in Noida.
During the lockdown, Anandi was busy with catering for private parties and customized orders for customers across Delhi NCR.
During the lockdown, Anandi was busy with catering for private parties and customized orders for customers across Delhi NCR.
Anandi Iyer, the founder of Bake Kart, says:
Anandi Iyer, the founder of Bake Kart, says: "I used to bake for my friends and family for the last 10 years. It was a passion then and during the lockdown, my friends and family spread the word around and now I have started getting a lot of orders.”
"People in the close vicinity are ordering, people in this building are ordering and now I am thinking to take it to the next professional level. I am also planning to partner with various food ordering apps like Zomato, Swiggy, Dineout to expand.”
Purple Paprika is a catering venture by Sakshi Kanodia who hails from a foodie family. Her motto - each dish is made with passion, and is served to perfection.
Purple Paprika is a catering venture by Sakshi Kanodia who hails from a foodie family. Her motto - each dish is made with passion, and is served to perfection.
A lot of Kanodia’s recipes have been developed in-house entailing regional food specialties from all across India - be it Chaats from the northern belt, Marwari cuisine, Bengali delicacies, Gujarati food, Mumbai street food, or Coastal cuisine from different states of South India.
A lot of Kanodia’s recipes have been developed in-house entailing regional food specialties from all across India - be it Chaats from the northern belt, Marwari cuisine, Bengali delicacies, Gujarati food, Mumbai street food, or Coastal cuisine from different states of South India.
Sakshi Kanodia says: “I did a lot of pop-ups last year and during the lockdown, since my speciality is chats, regional foods, etc and considering that people were missing out on such food, I thought of making my passion a profession.”
Sakshi Kanodia says: “I did a lot of pop-ups last year and during the lockdown, since my speciality is chats, regional foods, etc and considering that people were missing out on such food, I thought of making my passion a profession.”
Sakshi Kanodia says,
Sakshi Kanodia says, "People know that the food they are ordering is safe, made at home, in a hygienic environment, that is giving the confidence to experiment and now I am getting a lot of orders, re-orders.”
But are these chefs, bakers able to make the buck from this profession? Food ordering apps like Dineout, are providing the right platform to them to reach out…
But are these chefs, bakers able to make the buck from this profession? Food ordering apps like Dineout, are providing the right platform to them to reach out…
Ankit Mehrotra, CEO and Co-founder, Dineout, says “During the lockdown, we saw a trend coming to fore, where people were wanting to order food from home chefs and home bakers. We saw a huge response and in last month itself, we have had over 500 such home chefs and bakers signing up. Dineout is providing order visits, we design menus for them to share on their social media to help them expand. We have a B2B arm called ‘Inresto by Dineout’ through which we help these home chefs & bakers design their digital menus and integrate the other services needed with their social media profiles to get them to a professional level.”
Ankit Mehrotra, CEO and Co-founder, Dineout, says “During the lockdown, we saw a trend coming to fore, where people were wanting to order food from home chefs and home bakers. We saw a huge response and in last month itself, we have had over 500 such home chefs and bakers signing up. Dineout is providing order visits, we design menus for them to share on their social media to help them expand. We have a B2B arm called ‘Inresto by Dineout’ through which we help these home chefs & bakers design their digital menus and integrate the other services needed with their social media profiles to get them to a professional level.”
Published : October 07, 2020 07:23 AM IST
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