The pandemic blues have already affected almost all sectors of businesses across the world. As fear of infection keeps foodies away from binging, the food industry remains particularly hit. Business being down, restaurant owners are struggling hard to stay afloat. However, as a timely response to this quandary, cloud kitchen has started operations to bring in restaurant food at the doorsteps.
Delightful story of a Kolkata cloud kitchen
22 year old Chef Tanuj Sahay completed his culinary arts training from Manipal University before venturing to Dubai to master his skills further. It was nearly eight of his stay in Dubai, when COVID19 pandemic hit the world forcing him to return home to Kolkata. Once home, Sahay started making good use of his cooking skills in no time. Sensing the opportunity in the ongoing adversity, he started his own cloud kitchen ‘Pronto’ to supply homemade gourmet food at a budget-friendly rate for people to enjoy at the comfort of their homes.
The idea behind the concept
The cloud kitchen concept is still not very popular in the city but young foodies and chefs alike are keen to explore the concept. As the pandemic leaves people skeptical about going outside, the idea of cloud kitchen is, in all likelihood, going to gain popularity.
“This seems to be the perfect timing for cloud kitchens to rule the food industry. Luckily, I had the full support of my family who have not only motivated me but helped in the kitchen and also with the packaging of the food.
My friend Nargis created the content of our social media pages and looked after their promotion. The news of my venture spread well and orders have started coming in good numbers now”, informs Tanuj.
Talking about the uniqueness of his initiative, he says, “Cloud kitchen concept is very new and emerging. During the pandemic, people cannot go for a fine dining experience; Pronto offers them the luxury of gourmet food which is not just homemade, but freshly prepared with zero wastage. We take orders one day prior and the bookings are done through the number provided on the site. Customers also message or call me to place orders.
We prepare the food in the safest way possible and deliver them through Swiggy Genie. We also have a self pick up service where people can come and pick their orders”.
The secret behind the success
Procuring regular food and kitchen ingredients continue to be a challenge in this pandemic. That said, preparing fine quality gourmet meals requires real niche items. Initially the young chef faced real challenges in procuring fresh and high quality food ingredients but now things have fallen into place for Tanuj who kept learning through the difficulties he faced and remained persistent in his pursuits for perfection.
As a word of advice to the wannabe chefs foraying into the food industry, Tanuj says, “Have dedication and passion in whatever you do; work hard and never give up. Because hard work and passion teamed up with consistency and dedication will do wonders at the end of the day.”
The pandemic has changed our lifestyle and thought processes considerably. As the idea of new normal sets in, change-makers like Tanuj are instrumental in making it more enduring and sustainable.
Like Tanuj, let us all be the change we want to see! Pronto!!