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    GR Risheekesh goes solo with Big Man’s Bakery, offering red velvet cakes and more.

    TWO years at ITC Grand Chola helped GR Risheekesh realise that he wanted to bake for the rest of his life. But he was also ambitious. “As a commis chef, I was part of the baking team at the hotel, before I moved out to join Craveyard Café in Adyar, looking for better prospects,” says the 28-year-old. After a two-year stint at the café, the hospitality management graduate from SRM University launched his home-based venture, Big Man’s Bakery, late last month, with an initial investment of around a lakh of rupees.
    Operating from Adyar, Risheekesh has converted his kitchen into his bakery, where he whips up themed cakes, homemade chocolates, breads (whole wheat, multigrain, baguettes) and more. His customers are already making a beeline for his chocolate opera and red velvet cakes, handrolled chocolates (dark and white) and fondant cakes in chocolate and strawberry flavours. The Chennaiite also finds time to teach—with one student, a dyslexic girl, impressing  him with her “excellent observational capabilities” and “impressive vegan cakes.”
    Still in the early days, he is yet to venture beyond Alwarpet and Mylapore for deliveries. “I try to keep myself updated with the latest baking techniques through YouTube videos and TV shows like MasterChef Australia and Sugar Stars,” he says, adding that he gets up to 10 orders a week and has plans of starting a take-away counter and a cafe a little later.
    Rs 650 onwards. Order a day in advance. Details: 8939999161

    — Karan Pillai


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