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Meet Pankaj Chaddah, 25 year-old entrepreneur from Rajouri Garden whose claim to fame is that he is the co-founder of Zomato.com.entertainment Updated: May 17, 2011 00:15 IST
Pankaj Chaddah, 25, entrepreneur, Rajouri Garden
College IIT Delhi
Occupation Co-Founder, Zomato.com
Favourite website Of course, Zomato.com
Favourite book My personal favourite is Tarla Dalal’s Punjabi Khana, but I have read The Godfather quite a few times
Favourite quote Uttishthat, Jaagrat, praapya varaani boddhat, meaning Arise, awake and stop not until the goal is reached
Music you enjoy Mostly classics
Sandals or sneakers I prefer wearing nothing at all
Beer or wine Anything, as long as it is happy hours
Who does your hair Akbar Bhai at the Nukkad
Who inspires you Sachin and Dhoni
Best thing that has ever been gifted to you I got a bunch of pink orchids from someone. I wish I knew who she was.
Delhi summer or Delhi winter Winters, girls look better in winters!
One Bollywood song you don’t mind humming Aaja meri gaadi mein baith ja
Pet cause Food for everyone
Would love to have dinner with Katrina Kaif.
Money in your wallet at the moment 15,000 paise.
Your opinion about reality shows As real as Rakhi Sawant.
The one thing you can’t live without: My tennis racquet.
Your favourite restaurant: Sakley’s Mountain Café.
Facebook friends: 800
Cooking or eating: Eating. Sorry, Hogging
Favourite band: Dire Straits
Dieting or work out: Buahahaha!
Engineering or entrepreneurship?: Engineering. Then Entrepreneurship.
What is the highest appreciation reward that you have ever received?: My college tennis team gave me the title ‘Baby Face Assassin’.
How many people visit your website everyday?: More than 25,000
What is the maximum that you ever spent on a meal?: 4,000.
- As told to Neha Sharma
Pankaj did his graduation from IIT Delhi in 2007 and joined Bain & Company immediately after he passed out. He started Foodiebay.com (now Zomato.com), with his colleague-turned-friend Deepinder, in July 2008 as a part time venture. The two had noticed that their office cafeteria had a huge file of menu cards which were difficult to maintain. This gave them the idea of creating Foodiebay, which would focus on providing menu cards for each and every restaurant in the city. In November 2010, they quit their regular jobs and started focusing full time on Zomato.
Other features on the site
Currently they are running a feature on places in Delhi where you can enjoy IPL screenings, with detailed info on the venue and menu.
They have a mobile application too, for all the food menus, and this can be downloaded from the site itself