Anil Gelra and Saurabh Saxena
“Holachef is about bringing chef-crafted fresh meals to consumers. It’s about breaking the routine and dullness of ordering-in food. From simple comfort food to exotic dishes, it’s the perfect solution to a situation when someone is not cooking at home and doesn’t want to go out either.”
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The Holachef Story
Founded in May 2014 and launched for customers in September 2014, Holachef offers daily new menus for lunch, snacks and dinner prepared by some of the best chefs in the city. One can place the order through Holachef’s website or mobile app on Android and iOS. The deliveries are made in one-person meal format at a time slot pre-selected by the customer. From Mexican to Middle-Eastern and from Kashmiri to Chettinad; Holachef caters to many palates with food made from the best quality ingredients in state-of-the-art kitchens. Their stellar chefs have impressive culinary skills and experience which reflect in the food being served. Currently, Holachef is available in Mumbai and Pune.
In Conversation with Saurabh and Anil
Recipe for success
Being an entrepreneur is a continuous learning process. Be ready to explore new ways of making things work every day. However, what’s absolutely essential for anything to be successful is a vision. You and your team should have a complete understanding of the problem you are trying to solve with your product or service. For that, we feel that it’s important to be vested in that problem as a consumer first. Building a solution to a problem that one has faced not only contributes towards making a better product/service but also provides ample clarity of the ultimate goal of the company.
Having said that, we truly believe that the team that backs a startup is very crucial to its success. It’s absolutely necessary to spend time and resources in finding people who believe in your vision and are grounded enough to execute it and will stick together as a team.
Your unique idea
Holachef is about bringing fresh, chef-crafted meals to consumers. It’s about breaking the routine and dullness of ordering in food. From simple comfort to exotic dishes, it’s the perfect solution to a situation when someone is not cooking at home and does not want to go out either. Holachef is a paradigm shift from consuming packaged and processed food to eating freshly made dishes.
What makes Holachef unique is the way it is changing the way people look at their daily meals. More and more people are able to rely on Holachef for their daily lunch and dinner requirements because of the superior quality food, ease of ordering and the delivery format. The affordability makes it the choicest option as it offers great variety, taste and quality in food minus the hassles of cooking.
Partnership with Kalaari
Kalaari has played a very crucial role in our business story. Vani and the Kalaari team have been extremely supportive since the very beginning. They understand the way an entrepreneur thinks, which makes a lot of difference. What we really admire about Vani is that she is forthright; she always says what she thinks, making it very easy to connect with her.
As entrepreneurs, we are absolutely excited to have Kalaari with us.
Your first meeting
Our very first meeting with Vani was at Bangalore, without any presentations (although we had it ready, we never got around to using it). The meeting was more about sharing our thoughts, the vision for Holachef and what we had executed so far. By the end of the meeting, we were feeling very positive. Vani understood our approach very well and had very interesting inputs and insights to share.