Neha’s Cooking is about empowering people to shop, eat and live well. We teach people how to cook delectable and nourishing modern Burmese & Indian, home-cooked food. Burmese cuisine is stunning a combination of Thai, Chinese & Bengali Indian influences. We do vegetarian, non- vegetarian and food allergy classes for all skill levels. All our recipes are family friendly, easy, low in cost dishes bursting with flavours. Our aim is to help you to become savvy with your spices and make the most of local specialist stores.
We also have a small range of spices; a hand- roasted Garam Masala. It is the most user- friendly spice combination, as it’s pre- roasted the aromas have already been released so you can use it as a garnish or marinade to get an instant burst of flavour. We also do a Coriander & Mint Salsa Verde which is stunning with a variety of dishes from grilled chops to steamed potatoes. Our Panch Phoron is a very traditional blend of five spices that gives you an authentic curry taste. However, if the food sounds great but the effort of cooking it is not your bag you can just join us at one of our Supper Clubs where we do all the hard work and you just get to eat it!
What was the catalyst that made you decide to go into business?
My youngest started school and I wanted to work but very much felt I needed to be my own boss.
What was holding you back from being an entrepreneur at the time?
Like most mothers I suspect, a lack of energy after looking after two young kids all day and the sheer number of hours in the day.
What was the best business advice you were given?
Be passionate about what you do, it shows.
What is the most exciting thing happening in your sector right now?
The introduction of Burmese cuisine to the UK, especially after Obama’s historic visit. I really like the pop-up restaurants and Supper Clubs that has been gaining momentum in London.
What are your customers demanding more from you?
How to eat well but cheaper; one of the things I specialise in is showing one dish utilised three different ways. To maximise your bang for your buck!
What social media tool are you using at the moment? Facebook and Twitter, inevitably whenever I post pictures of recipes or comments on classes I always get feedback pretty quickly. Although I am more of a novice at twitter I love the fact that I have global followers.
What is your take on personal business failures?
They are the best lessons you can learn before you take your next steps to success.
What is the difference that is making the difference for success in business at the moment?
I would say customer service and value for money.
Who are you following on Twitter and why?
@popupsupper and @secrectdininghub because they are tweeting about the area we are expanding into.
What book would you recommend for entrepreneurs? As a mum of two young ones I haven’t read anything adult for a while but I think Dr Seuss’s ‘Oh, The places you will go’, pretty much still covers most of life’s challenges for young and old.
What is your favourite quote and how are you applying this in your business?
‘Why are you trying so hard to fit in, when you’re born to stand out’ – Oliver James.
When I get disheartened it helps me remind myself that my business is forging a new path.
What next for your business?
The launch of Neha’s Supper Club on the 31st of January 2013, it’s a great opportunity to meet fellow foodies and other Londoners, plus we will be doing lots of tie-ins with local artists and businesses, such as our curry & cards night where you get a poker lesson as well as a curry.
For further information visit: www.nehascooking.com