Jay Kantawala & Chef Harsh Shodhan
Chef Harsh Shodhan has been making waves in the catering space and we have been hearing his name everywhere! We wanted to catch up with him to find out more about his various brands. His venture H & J Food Concepts along with Jay Kantawala encompasses the delivery kitchens of HolaHummm...us and Gourmet on the Go and then there is the catering arm of The Gourmet Kitchen and Studio, which specialises in gourmet food catering from beginning to end. Over the last two decades, Harsh Shodhan, a self-taught chef has grown to serve the industry*s biggest personalities, including the Ambanis, the Adanis, Dilip Sanghvi, Uday Kotak, Harsh Goenka, Harsh Mariwala, and many Bollywood celebrities ranging from Neha Dhupia to Kaajal Aggarwal.
Feather in his cap â he was bestowed with the prestigious Gold Award for the Best F&B Experience - WOW AWARDS Asia 2020.
"I don*t come with fancy training at a world class institute abroad â I grew up watching my mother chef it up and I simply learnt from her in the kitchen and that is where my happy place is," said Chef Harsh.
His culinary skills and Jay*s worldwide food knowledge have collaborated to develop some delectable menus for their delivery kitchens for the modern Indian foodie with an international palate and a local heart.
The Hola Hummm_us menu includes a vast range of simply delicious and mind-blowing delicacies including Hummus, Shawarmas, Burritos, Quesadillas, Salads, Rice Bowls - perfect for a healthy indulgence or tea-time snack. Contrarily, Gourmet on the Go offers burgers, hearty pizzas, pasta, and Indian specialties like Chole - Kulcha, Paneer Makhni and Biryani. Their sweets are the highlight of their menu with Profiteroles and Belgian Chocolate Truffles.
"We do a lot of Asian and Leb-Mex, but inspired by classic American foods, I recently introduced 3B*S which stands for Baos, Bagels, and Burgers which gained momentum," he said.
Chef Harsh*s passion for food is shown in his beliefs that "All five senses - sight, smell, touch, hearing, and taste - should be stimulated by food!"
The future plans for Chef and all his brands are to expand geographically inside Mumbai.
"Our motto has always been that if you can satisfy a client the first time with wonderful meals, they will stay with you forever," says Jay Kantawala. This sure is true with his recurring clientele of individuals, corporate and large industrial families.
The USP of Chef Harsh Shodhan is that he offers a wide choice of vegetarian cuisine that is appealing to consumers seeking a quick lunch at work to a beautifully and thoughtfully curated dinner at home with family and friends to a wedding or cocktail.
"Having catered to weddings in Thailand for 1200 people to Mombasa for 400 people to corporate events of 1000*s for companies like Reliance Brands, Kotak Bank, Eidelweis, Marico Industries to boutique events like Jaipur Gems, Aza Fashions, etc. We are grateful for the love that we have received and look forward to serving more people in different parts of the country and world!"
So what are you waiting for? Order your fill of Hola Hummus and Gourmet on the Go on Zomato or Swiggy and get a taste of Chef Harsh*s specialties.