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Ray Kroc was 52 when he joined McDonald’s and transformed it into America’s most popular fast food brand. He is also Wadala resident Bela Gupta’s inspiration.

mumbai Updated: Jun 12, 2013 01:28 IST
Humaira Ansari

Ray Kroc was 52 when he joined McDonald’s and transformed it into America’s most popular fast food brand. He is also Wadala resident Bela Gupta’s inspiration.

A former retail professional, Gupta, who has a repository of more than 2,000 world recipes collected from her travels abroad, turned 52 in March. For over a year, she has been catering these curated recipes to friends, and friends of friends, who learnt of her culinary skills through word of mouth.

Three weeks ago, tech-savvy Gupta stumbled upon a tweet from Imly.in—a website that directly connects home cooks with those yearning for homely meals. She immediately signed up.

A total of 15 city-based home cooks, including Gupta, are together offering Asian, Continental, Goan, Italian and Mexican cuisines, and desserts and chutneys, on this site, which is one of five recent platforms launched over the past nine months to connect home chefs with potential clients.

The other sites are Samaas.in (Bengali, Punjabi, Puneri and Malvani cuisines), BowlsToYou.com (salads), Potluck Me (low-calorie, preservative-free foods), and Cooked-At-Home.com (an aspirational, Google-like directory for home cooks).

Potluck Me, which works on a Sunday-to-Sunday format — orders must be placed between Sunday and Thursday and will be delivered the following Sunday — made its first batch — of 47 deliveries — on June 9.

These items included mushroom and chicken quiches, basil pesto sauce, wholewheat pasta, and parmesan-and-rosemary biscuits.

Potluck Me founders Rakhee Ghelani, a freelance business consultant and writer who moved back to the city from Australia in 2011, and Chhavi Sachdev, a radio journalist and creative head at a travel audio tour company who lived in the US for 12 years, both enjoy food.

“We’re pretty careful about what we eat. And we miss a lot of quality food that we can't procure easily in Mumbai. That was the impetus for the PotluckMe collective,” says Sachdev.