Amrita Paul

 

Kishi Arora, wanted to be a chef for as long as she can remember. So several years ago when she graduated from Shri Ram College of Commerce, instead of opting for a conventional post graduate course, she attended American Culinary Institute of America where she specialised in baking and pastry.

 

In 2007, Kishi set up Foodaholics, which specializes in superior desserts and offers technical food consulting, with a trained chef on board.

 

“Our modus operandi generally involves clients calling or emailing us, followed up by personal one-on-one consultation. Ninety per cent of these consultations end up as realised orders. We don’t have set menus and customise orders for each and every client. Our effort is to get involved with each and every customer and understand their requirement, their taste and work towards delivering the same,” says Kishi.

 

 

Having studied and worked in the US, Kishi initially faced a few hurdles in getting fresh produce, ingredients and also equipments in place but looking back, it all feels worth it to see her dream coming true.

 

Over the years she also feels that the Indian market has also been opening up to international food trends. She adds, “I think right now people are ready to go beyond chocolate and experiment with different combinations of flavours, which is encourages us, as chefs, to push the envelope a little more.”

 

The 33-year-old loves travelling and her trips within India and abroad facilitate her to connect with food a little more and find what more she can bring to the table.

 

She says, “Food is a subject that connects everyone; it’s a big conversation starter for all people. To me, it’s technical but a client is excited about how scrumptious/ striking/ exotic it tastes. Because of course, desserts can symbolize enjoying the good things of life – happiness, celebration, indulgence, festivity, temptations, reward, and excitement.

 

Kishi wants to bring a smile on the faces of anyone who tries her desserts and make them come back over and over again for more. She adds, “I want to ensure that I keep growing and that my innovation doesn’t stop at working on one product but goes on to redefine the meaning of surprise and creativity in food, especially desserts.”

 

Feature Pic Credit: Outlook

Amrita Paul

किशी अरोरा, हमेशा से ही शेफ बनना चाहती थीं. कई वर्षों पहले जब उन्होंने श्री राम कॉलेज ऑफ़ कॉमर्स से स्नातक की उपाधि ली, उसके बाद परम्परागत स्नातकोत्तर पाठ्यक्रम की बजाय, उन्होंने अमेरिकन कलिनरी इंस्टिट्यूट ऑफ़ अमेरिका में दाखिला लिया. यहाँ उन्होंने बेकिंग और पेस्ट्री बनाने में विशेषज्ञता हासिल की.

२००७ में किशी ने फूडाहोलिक्स की स्थापना की, जिसकी विशेषता है बेमिसाल डेज़र्ट. साथ ही यह टेक्निकल फूड कंसल्टिंग प्रदान करता है, इसके साथ एक प्रशिक्षित शेफ भी जुड़ा हुआ है. किशी कहती हैं, “हमारा काम करने का तरीका बड़ा आसान है. आम तौर पर क्लाइंट हमें फोन या ई-मेल करता है. इसके बाद मिलकर बातचीत होती है. इनमें से लगभग ९०% मुलाकातें, ऑर्डर में बदल जाती हैं. हमारा कोई निर्धारित मेनू नहीं है, हम हर क्लाइंट के अनुसार विशेष डिश तैयार करते हैं. हमारी कोशिश रहती है कि हम हर क्लाइंट को बेहतर ढंग से जानें, उसकी ज़रूरत और पसंद को समझें, और फिर उसे एक बेहतरीन समाधान प्रस्तुत करें.”

अमेरिका में पढाई और काम करने के कारण, किशी को शुरू में ताज़ा उत्पाद, सामग्री और उपकरण प्राप्त करने में कुछ मुश्किलों का सामना करना पड़ा. पर आज जब उनका सपना आकार ले रहा है, तो सारी मेहनत सफल होती दिखाई देती है. किशी के अनुसार पिछले कुछ सालों में भारतीय बाज़ारों ने भी अंतरराष्ट्रीय फ़ूड ट्रेंड्स का स्वागत किया है. उन्होंने कहा, “मुझे लगता है कि लोग अब चॉकलेट से परे जाकर, अलग-अलग फ्लेवर के कॉम्बिनेशन का आनंद लेने के लिए तैयार हैं, जो हम जैसे शेफ को कुछ नया सोचने और करने की चुनौती देता है.”

३३ वर्षीय किशी को यात्रा करना बहुत पसंद है. भारत और विदेशों में की गई उनकी अनेक यात्राएँ, खाने से उनके संबंध को और भी गहरा करती हैं और वे नए-नए विचार अपने क्लाइंट्स को पेश करती हैं. किशी कहती हैं, “खाना एक ऐसा विषय है जो सबको एक सूत्र में पिरोता है. यह बातचीत शुरू करने का एक बड़ा ज़रिया होता है. मेरे लिए यह तकनीकी बात है, पर क्लाइंट खाना कितना स्वादिष्ट बना है या दिखने में कितना खूबसूरत है, इस बात पर ही खुश हो उठता है. और क्यों ना हो, डेज़र्ट ज़िन्दगी के खूबसूरत अहसासों का प्रतीक होते हैं – ख़ुशी, उत्सव, प्यार, उल्लास और मिठास.”

किशी उनके डेज़र्ट का स्वाद लेने वालों के चेहरों पर मुस्कान लाना चाहती हैं, और आशा करती हैं कि वे बार-बार उनके पास आएँ. किशी कहती हैं, “मैं खुद को लगातार बेहतर बनाते रहना चाहती हूँ. मेरी कुछ नया सोचने और करने की क्षमता एक उत्पाद तक सीमित ना रहकर, खाने और खासकर डेज़र्ट में लोगों को हर पल कुछ नया, कुछ बेहतरीन पेश कर सके, मेरा यही प्रयास रहता है.”

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Feature Pic Credit: Outlook

Amrita Paul

 

Kishi Arora, wanted to be a chef for as long as she can remember. So several years ago when she graduated from Shri Ram College of Commerce, instead of opting for a conventional post graduate course, she attended American Culinary Institute of America where she specialised in baking and pastry.

 

In 2007, Kishi set up Foodaholics, which specializes in superior desserts and offers technical food consulting, with a trained chef on board.

 

“Our modus operandi generally involves clients calling or emailing us, followed up by personal one-on-one consultation. Ninety per cent of these consultations end up as realised orders. We don’t have set menus and customise orders for each and every client. Our effort is to get involved with each and every customer and understand their requirement, their taste and work towards delivering the same,” says Kishi.

 

 

Having studied and worked in the US, Kishi initially faced a few hurdles in getting fresh produce, ingredients and also equipments in place but looking back, it all feels worth it to see her dream coming true.

 

Over the years she also feels that the Indian market has also been opening up to international food trends. She adds, “I think right now people are ready to go beyond chocolate and experiment with different combinations of flavours, which is encourages us, as chefs, to push the envelope a little more.”

 

The 33-year-old loves travelling and her trips within India and abroad facilitate her to connect with food a little more and find what more she can bring to the table.

 

She says, “Food is a subject that connects everyone; it’s a big conversation starter for all people. To me, it’s technical but a client is excited about how scrumptious/ striking/ exotic it tastes. Because of course, desserts can symbolize enjoying the good things of life – happiness, celebration, indulgence, festivity, temptations, reward, and excitement.

 

Kishi wants to bring a smile on the faces of anyone who tries her desserts and make them come back over and over again for more. She adds, “I want to ensure that I keep growing and that my innovation doesn’t stop at working on one product but goes on to redefine the meaning of surprise and creativity in food, especially desserts.”

 

Feature Pic Credit: Outlook

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