Top 5 Home-Chefs who are minting money in 2020 and have turned their passion into a Profession.
Updated: Nov 20, 2020
This year 2020 was too bad for most of us with majority of negativity. We saw engineers selling food, degree holders turned bakers, some foodies turned home-chefs, artists turned retailers and many more. But for some of them the tables have turned and they got "Acche Din " in 2020. Yes, we are talking about the top home-bakers who have turned their passion into a profession and are enjoying the success. These home chefs and bakers are living their dreams and they have put all their hard-work and sweat to become a brand and get established in the market.
These women entrepreneurs have taken Business ideas to the next level and are inspiring people around.
1. Swaad by Aarti Mehta - A Teacher by profession Aarti Mehta had no idea she will make her brand "Swaad" roar when it comes to food. Initially she just started off with her building residents, later on she never new residents would become regular customers and their mouth publicity gave her a base of more than 200 customers all over Mumbai. Her best seller is Bhakri shaak, puran poli, dal bati churma and the Punjabi dishes. She says " If people really love your food, mouth publicity and social media will give you the best results". There are days when they sold more than 200 vada pao, 250 plus theplas and more than 250 plus churma laddoos this Ganeshotsav. They also specialize in North-Indian, lebanese, chinese, street style chaats, italian food and indian authentic sweets too.
Her family members gave full support and pushed her to start it off and luckily it worked wonders.
Her daughter Dhvani helps her in Graphic designing for her social media accounts.
2. Homefoods_24 by Namita Shah- Hailing from a jewellery background Namita started cooking Undhiya as a passion every weekend for her friends and family. It soon culminated into a business... HOME FOODS The home chefs, Namita Shah (age 52 years) along with her daughter, Sanjana Shah (age 18 years) and sister Namrata Jhaveri (age 40 years) form an incredible team. Speaking of the lockdown, as all businesses were shut we learnt how to make maximum use of minimum resources. Even for daily survival provisions and vegetables were not easily available. At such a time our neighbours reached out to us to provide them with a tiffin service. We provided free tiffin service to them initially on humanitarian grounds. As the demand increased, we converted this passion into a full fledged business. Even managed to procure mangoes and satisfied many customers with our famous kairi gunda pickle.
Each item is cooked by either one of us depending on our specialties, with a lot of hygiene, love and care; whilst maintaining the necessary precautions.
We source out fresh ingredients everyday so as to provide the best quality to our customers.
Inspite of not having a house help during the entire pandemic, we as a team have managed to send out 10-12 tiffins on a daily basis, and continue to do so.
We also offer an extensive menu which comprises of various global cuisines.
Our methi theplas (a gujju must have) are well know and they are ordered pan India by our regular patrons...
Home Foods welcomes all of you to order from us and enjoy a hearty and wholesome meal!
As they say, every crisis brings an opportunity; this one is ours.
Contact no: +91 9819877990
Instagram handle: homefoods_24
3. AtHomeCafe by Darshini Shah - Our next women entrepreneur is an interior designer turned homechef from Matunga. Born and brought up in a gujarati jain family, she has immense respect for her community and religion. So she opted for making Jain Mexican dishes and dips which are indeed a monopoly. The dips she makes are 100% jain and you will rarely find jain dips in Mumbai, she is the first person in Mumbai to launch the range of Jain dips. Roasted pumpkin dip and creamy pepper dips are her best sellers and most favourite tagged by her clients. Even hardcore vegetarians have become a fan of her jain dips and jain mexican menu. She has clients from US and all parts of India who gift their loved ones the signature Jain platters from TheHomeCafe. She believes Social Media is a weapon and its more powerful, it gave her a good reach and coverage which helped her get clients. She plans to balance both, the interior designing and her kitchen Athomecafe simultaneously in future.
4. HomeChef Darshana Ruparelia - She is the only home-chef located at Borivali who has become a house-hold name without any accounts on social media or marketing when it comes to snacks and fast-food dishes. This lockdown was an opportunity for her to double the customers and delivering from Malad to Dahisar on a regular basis. Coming from a middle-class background, food-business has helped her earn a massive income through which she pays the bills and fees for her childrens education. Her speciality is gujarati thali, khaman dhokla, pav bhaji, khichdi kadhi and a wide range of dry snacks. Her husband who runs private coaching classes also supports her in packaging and delivering the food. She is planning to cater for parties and events in future. The rates are very much reasonable for whatever you order, as her target audience is the masses.
5- Pratima's home-made delights by Pratima Shah - Pratima's story is just like "Rise above all". One step towards the journey entirely changed her career. She gave birth to two special boys who were suffering from a genetic disorder of spinal muscular atrophy due to which they couldn't stand or sit properly. She stopped baking and started taking care of her kids for a long time. After 14 years once again she did a baking course after her husband and son insisted which boosted her confidence. During lockdown she made a dalgona coffee cake for her husbands birthday, their friends liked it so much that they started giving her orders regularly. The very first order in lockdown brought luck for them and soon people started recommending her cakes and fusion mithais to everyone. Orders started ringing in and they say rest is history. She plans to come soon on online platforms to expand her business and make this baking journey a full time. She is best known for the orange coffee dalgona cake, nutty berry and shrewberry buiscuits, plus a fusion range of mithais. She has just one message, " Believe in God, things will fall at your place when you take your first step towards the success.