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#PressforProgress

  • Published at 04:51 pm March 18th, 2018
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For the past several decades, on March 8, the world has recognized women for their achievements, value and dedication, while calling for gender equality. But the truth is, International Women’s Day should be commemorated every single day of the year. Be it entrepreneurs, visionaries, mothers or community leaders – women, in every sense of the word, have played extraordinary roles. Even with an industry that is so heavily saturated by men, female restaurant owners and chefs globally continue to make their mark on the industry as we see more and more go-to establishments go up every day. Food delivery platform, Foodpanda, which partners with thousands of restaurants around the world to deliver food to your home or office, took this opportunity to showcase the incredible successes of some of its female chefs and restaurant owners across the market. Mehreen Mansur, owner of Sushi Samurai and Shanghai 10, Farhana S Ghani, owner of China Town and Donna Asna F Haque, Marketing Manager of Transcom Foods Limited, shared their thoughts that are nothing short of inspiring.

Mehreen Mansur

What is the key ingredient that you need to have to become successful? The drive to keep improving! To place product and customer as priority, even before profit. How much risk goes into being a restaurant owner? A lot. You have the customer's trust, health, and happiness in your hands. It is utmost priority to give a paying customer our best effort. What’s a trend that you’ve noticed in the food industry in the last year? There's a lot of Asian invasion going on. From sushi to dim sum, a lot of Eastern exotics are coming to the forefront. If you could make/eat one dish for the rest of your life, what would it be? A favourite restaurant of mine in DC serves up the most amazing Vietnamese grilled chicken pho soup. It's soft and succulent and has a sweet tinge, grilled to perfection. That's my dish of choice! If you could describe 2017 in only one word, what would it be? Revolutionary!

Farhana S Ghaani

What is the key ingredient that you need to have to become successful? I believe being passionate about what you do will always be the key ingredient that makes one successful. How much risk goes into being a restaurant owner? Nothing one does in life is truly risk free as every sphere in life/ work comes with its own set of risks. What’s a trend that you’ve noticed in the food industry in the last year? A huge trend that I noticed in the food industry was a demand for online delivery as busy diners showed their preference for doorstep delivery. If you could make/eat one dish for the rest of your life, what would it be? Biriyani. No doubt about it. Every. Single. Day. If you could describe 2017 in only one word, what would it be? Stupendous. Early 2017 was when China Town launched and the journey has been nothing short of stupendous.

Donna Asna F Haque

What is the key ingredient that you need to have to become successful? The definition of success, I believe differs from person to person. If you ask me, it will be confidence. The confidence to know 'I can' and do it well. Success follows after that. How much risk goes into being a restaurant owner? Being a chef is I think is easier than being a restaurant owner. Recipes are like science. You know which tastes like what so it’s easier to put together a dish. But when trying to run a restaurant, it’s like a multifaceted job. And when the customer base is volatile, like in Dhaka, it’s a constant struggle to keep your brands up there. What’s a trend that you’ve noticed in the food industry in the last year? There is usually a time for a specific food. At times it was pizza, at times it was fried chicken – so on and so forth. We have seen through customer behavioiur and research we did proved it also. Last year it was about burgers. Not actual burgers but really greasy, saucy and cheesy burgers. The local burger joints did good business in 2017. If you could make/eat one dish for the rest of your life, what would it be? Haha! That's easy. Bhaat. I mean rice, which I cannot cook properly though. Because #onlybhaatisreal! If you could describe 2017 in only one word, what would it be? Tumultuous!