A new portal seeks to put you in touch with top culinary artistes across the city
While food-based portals are a dime a dozen, the newly launched Chef Post comes as a breath of fresh air. The brainchild of Sneha Chandrashekhar, the site seeks to give users a more immersive experience with sections dedicated to special events, chefs, restaurants and more. “What is unique about Chef Post is that users can follow renowned city-based chefs on the site, keep track of special food festivals, sift through recipes and save their favourites,” says 30-year-old Chandrashekhar, a seasoned entrepreneur.
Talking about the idea behind the bootstrapped company with a team of 25 members, she says, “I thought there was a real need for something like this. There are sites where you can book tables, make reservations or order food, but a platform where one could get to know the hands that made their food was lacking.”
Among the top chefs who’ve already signed up with the site are favourites like Marouane Rahali (Alba, JW Marriott), Naren Thimmaiah (Karavalli, Gateway), Giuseppe Lioce (Bene, Sheraton Grand Bangalore), Atsushi Yonaha (Yataii, Shangri-La) and Selvaraju (Vivanta by Taj, MG Road). “They’ll mostly post about their experiments in the kitchen, new promotions, or just what keeps them ticking in terms of food,” she says. Each chef also has a write up talking about his / her journey with food.
Apart from tracking what your much loved chefs are up to, their ‘features’ section will have interesting write-ups that add to the curated experience. Titled, Eating your Way Through Italy, one of the first features saw an Italian couple sampling the fare of Italian restaurants across the city and chronicling their experiences. While the rest of their journey will be added eventually, for now you can read about their thoughts on Alba at JW Marriott.
To be officially launched today, the event will see a fashion show in which city chefs will walk the ramp. Within the next three months, Chandrashekhar plans to introduce more features, such as ‘live offers’ — where prices for certain curated experiences will fluctuate depending on the time of booking. Currently an online portal, it will be available on Android and iOS in the next two months.
— Rashmi Rajagopal Lobo