Hi, In this episode of our interview series, "What's Cooking", we are bringing two home chefs of Ahmedabad. They have the same reason of starting their home cooking business - Taking care of young children and passion for cooking.
Petpuja: What did you feel while taking your passion to profession?
Ritvija: I had both fears and butterflies in my stomach 😋. While transiting from passion to profession, from close group to open market, I had few open ended questions in my mind - will people like my food or will I get any orders? These questions were weighing upon my mind. But with support from my family and friends, I started my venture. The local platforms "Konnect" and "Moms Chef" proved to be boon for me. My first order was for 60 persons. That first order settled all my anxieties.
Petpuja: That's a great start! So, it has been almost an year since you started your journey as a foodpreneur. How has been your experience till date?
Ritvija: The journey has been amazing. With every order, I was evolving as an entrepreneur and as a human being too. In initial days, we had logistic issues and we sorted them out faster than we ever thought. When you are determined to do something, different ways open up and one can always find light at the end of the tunnel. I see a better version of myself every day. I feel more self confident and accomplished as I am doing what I enjoy.
Ritvija cater to wide variety of people. They are mainly who appreciate hygienic & healthy home cooked food. On daily basis she caters to working couple, corporate lunches , elderly people and students staying alone and away from their families
One of their segment caters to elderly people who need special kind of food as advised by their doctors. Ritvija' Kitchen has become a blessing for people who were home quarantined in these COVID times. They had catered to many Covid patients and families when the neighbors and people around them refused to support them. 👏👏
Ritvija's thoughts about the increasing demand of healthy foods: Healthy food has come in center stage these days as more and more people are becoming aware. Thanks to social media and availability of different resources. I, as home chef is very responsible towards supplying healthy food. We at Ritvija' Kitchen use the best quality products and use oil in controlled quantities. All greens and dairy products are procured fresh and spices are home made.
RITVIJA' Kitchen serves multi Indian cuisines food. The most popular foods are from Gujarati, Punjabi, South Indian cuisines. Indian street food which are very popular with clients are panipuri, ragda- pattice & chole- tikki.
Talking about her future plans, Ritvija says she is planning to open a central kitchen to cater to more people. She is planning to build a team of women who are passionate about cooking. Thus empowering them to be financially independent. She is also planning to add more cuisines to offer more choices to food enthusiasts.
Petpuja: Do you think client's feedback is important? How do you use these feedback?
Ritvija: Feedback is important. Critical feedback helps in improvements and positive feedback motivates to do better. I remember one of the best compliments came from a 75 years old granny who said your food is so much similar to my mom's. Your food has freshen up her memories. This was very overwhelming. I strongly believe that criticisms is pivotal to improve on expectations and we accept the same with grace and make sure we work to overcome that and is not repeated again.
Petpuja: What is your message to women who are thinking of taking home cooking as profession?
Ritvija: Every one has some hidden talent. If cooking happens to be your passion, whatever be the age just go for it and pursue your dreams.
Petpuja: Thanks Ritvija for sharing your journey with us. We wish you a great future ahead!
Ritvija can be contacted for orders and catering service queries at 9998109040. She is based in Ahmedabad.
Our next home chef is beautiful Jalpa ! Jalpa and I live in the same society. Our morning and evening walking times coincide many times and we exchanged few smiles . None of us know each other by name at that time. Around Uttarayan last year, in our society's whats-app group, she sent a message for Undhiyu order booking. Undhiyu is a mixed vegetable and cereal dish , which is specially made on Uttarayan in Gujarat. She is a Gujarati and I thought of giving her order to have an authentic Undhiyu. She came herself to deliver and then we came to know about each other. Her Undhiyu was super tasty and since then I have become a fan of her Gujarati dishes. I have seen her grow strength by strength over time. While doing this series, I thought of calling her to have her consent to participate in the series. She happily agreed to share her journey with us.