Shantanu Mahanta and Sonal Saxena are both foodoholics who love to explore food and take great pride in Indian food. They feel that Indian food is not well represented and popularized across the world. It still does not get the respect it deserves. Especially for the depth and diversity it has.
eatwithIndia was born after many painful years of trying and not being able to find options for good Indian regional food. While it is good that other cuisines are gaining importance and making their presence felt in India, the same cannot be said for Indian food. How many times do you really make a plan to go out for an Indian meal? How many options do you have to try out cuisines of different states? Indian cuisine has become synonymous with Butter chicken and Dal makhani and with no disrespect to these two great Indian dishes, there is much more to explore- all the way from Kashmir to Kanyakumari.
Shantanu, who belongs to the Interiors field and believes in making beautiful homes, is the brain behind eatwithIndia. He decided to create a platform where guests could book meals online with Chefs and home chefs – essentially people who could represent different cuisines of India. In this endeavor his life partner and partner in crime Sonal, who has been running a successful technology company decided to join hands to create a technology platform for the chefs to reach out to world at large and for guests to reach out to these masters of Indian food.
They put together a pop-up style, dining experience with eatwithindia, which rivals a traditional restaurant experience. Expert chefs prepare multi-course dinners for an evening of fun, social dining and bringing adventurous foodies together on communal tables, thus breaking the mould of individual dining and reflecting our belief that communities and friendships are formed over food.
Our chefs are the new age ambassadors of Indian Food. These expert chefs are a mix of professional and home chefs who make you sample the most authentic fare from Kashmiri to Kanyakumari. You can choose to dine with a celebrity chef at his home or be join a royal family at their palace for a meal or be hosted by someone in your neighborhood who cooks the best Goan meal.
Come join us for a taste of something different!
Ms Raka Singh’s relation with the food world is very special . She has been promoting and getting the Indian cuisine sampled in different parts of the world. She is known for establishing food credentials originating from UP and Bihar .
Ms Raka Singh, spouse of the current Ambassador of the Kingdom of Belgium, wears many hats.
In the last ten years, starting with the most recent, Ms Raka Singh, heads an NGO, URJA-Energy, (www.urja-energy.org). The NGO works in the fields of libraries, sewing schools, low cost sanitary napkins, off grid solar energy . Her NGO URJA is working towards bringing back organically grown Kala Namak rice with GI status.
Before this, she was the International Affairs Co-ordinator at the Centre for Fine Arts in Brussels (BOZAR). The largest of its kind in Belgium.
From 2000 to 2010
• Advisor to the President of the foundation of Warta and Kredytbank, Warsaw, Poland.
• Public Relations Officer for the Belgian Embassy in Washington
• President of SHOM in Warsaw (Spouses of Heads of Mission/ Ambassadors posted to Warsaw)
• Mrs Singh is fluent in English, Hindi, Dutch, and French. She also speaks, Polish and German.
When National Award winning director, producer and writer Hansal Mehta met up with eatwithIndia founders, Sonal and Shantanu he was instantly charged. For him, a food lover, this was a logical extension to his journey that he says will come a full cycle through his eatwithIndia association. Hansal prides himself as the father of the Indian food show Khana Khazana through which he brought the now celebrity chef Sanjeev Kapoor directly to Indian homes and through the show he transported world class cuisine to the Indian kitchen. He will now guide the eatwithIndia team in bringing regional cuisine masters to Indian homes.
Strategic Alliances (F & B)
An avid traveller, who loves exploring new places and new cuisines. Having spent her early working years in the retail and healthcare industries, now on a mission with the eatwithIndia team to bring regional Indian Cuisine and its chefs the accolades that they deserve.
After growing up on traditional home cooked food, he found the same authenticity lacking in commercial establishments, both as a diner as well as a cook. So, when he came across eatwithIndia there was a synergy to make a difference to the dwindling popularity of Indian food. Experimenting with food is his passion, when not in the kitchen he’s an avid traveller and a sports enthusiast.
Strategic Alliances (Travel)
After an MBA and graduating in economics, Priyanka has over 15 years of operational experience in the financial services sector. eatwithIndia is where her enthusiasm for food, entrepreneurial mindset and desire to do something great, comes together. She is excited and passionate about this unique concept, that showcases renowned as well as budding culinary talents, brings diverse people together and most importantly highlights Indian food and culture in a well deserving manner.A mother of two boys she enjoys playing all sports with them. When she is not spending time with her family, she enjoys gyming and listening to music.
Food Enthusiast, Blogger, Recipe Developer, Food Consultant, Baker – Kashmiri is master of all trades. Born in Guwahati and alumni of ISB Hyderabad, Kashmiri always had a knack for food & cooking. Finally her passion took over her career as she has graduated from being a home chef to hosting a food festival at the Marriott, Hyderabad. Kashmiri learnt the nuances of Assamese cooking from her mother, and put that knowledge to practice when she had to begin her life in the tea gardens with her husband after her marriage. Now she has many feathers in her cap. – She is the Founder of the “North East Food Forum”, a regular contributor to mycity4kids.com as an expert blogger, a columnist with “Gplus” tabloid in Assam, and an empanelled contributor on the online magazine “Travel Trunk NE”. She conceptualized and started ‘xoxo cupcakes etc., when fondant cakes were a thing of fairy tales in Guwahati as well as her own food blog. She has also been a Jury member for the Guwahati food awards, a menu taster at Vivanta by Taj and has developed recipes for the Gateway Grandeur Hotel in Guwahati. She now joins hands with eatwithIndia as the EWI Ambassador for the North East Indian Region.
Manveer Sakhi a trained F&B professional from IHM- Aurangabad who runs a successful food business in Amritsar which was set up by his grand father & subsequently expanded by his father, he has been Instrumental in evolving the business and successfull introducing the most elaborate menu in the takeaway format in the city. He believes that a happy chef can turn around any dish superbly even with simplest of ingredients. His vision of promoting regional cuisines matched the mission and philosophy of eatwithIndia as he takes charge to promote the regional cuisines in Amritsar for eatwithIndia.