A radiographer with a passion for cooking teamed up with chefs for the day at the trust to share the authentic taste of Indian cooking.
Ananda Logishetty, who works part time as a senior radiographer in the trust’s breast screening unit has launched a start-up online Teesside based business – Ananda’s Gourmet, delivering spice packs or entire meal-kits, including spices and veg to your doorstep.
Ananda supplied the spices and recipes to the restaurant chefs and worked with them to carefully follow the meal kit instructions to serve up the perfect Indian dishes for staff and visitors.
Ananda said: “I love working in the NHS, but I also have a real passion for cooking. The recipes offered by Ananda’s Gourmet are the very same handed down through generations of my family.
“My cooking is very much influenced by Moghul cooking which has its own distinctive traditions and flavours. I spent my childhood in a big joint family where food was a central part of life and learnt to cook from the very young age of ten. My parents are my leading inspiration, combining their passion for great flavour and their zest for providing fantastic food for guests.
“I want to give people an unforgettable experience of Indian food, which is influenced by different regions of India. I want you to experience the taste of my kitchen in your own home.
“The meal kits contain a pre-packed box of fresh ingredients and perfectly proportioned spices with easy instructions for home cooking. The kits contain fragrant Basmati rice – all you’ll need to buy is the meat or fish. Alternatively you can just buy the spice packs. And you get them delivered to your doorstep!
“It was excellent to experience working in the kitchens with the chefs and then to see everyone enjoying the food. I like to thank everyone who helped and came along to support me.”
Head of catering Colin Chapman: “It was a fantastic opportunity for Ananda and the chefs to work together and bring something new to the restaurant. It was so popular, we will be bringing Ananda’s Gourmet back to the restaurant next week. We had queues coming out of the door and everyone was talking about how good the food tasted.”
You can find out more, buy your meal kits and spice packs to experience the taste of authentic home Indian cooking at www.anandasgourmet.co.uk