Cooking and baking home-based businesses flourished during Covid times, says Mitali G Dutta, a Guwahati-based entrepreneur.
Dutta, who runs her culinary venture--'Food Sutra by Mitali', has trained hundreds of women in the rural areas of Assam through 'FSM Food Trails'.
She organizes tours in culinary training and dining concepts.
These tours help women share different traditional recipes of local cuisine with food tourists and go on to host them for the meal.
Dutta says the idea behind the concept was to empower locals in rural areas through a sustainable model.
The same has been considerably appraised by celebrity chefs, renowned food bloggers across India, travel writers from the country and abroad, she says.
She embarked on the journey a few years when I chose to be a "stay-at-home parent".
"I yearned to do something to be financially independent as I had been earlier when I was a working professional in the corporate sector," Dutta says.
She says that skillful cooking has been her domain for quite a while, it's a skill passed on from her mother.
"Being determined and focused, I started off with cooking and baking sessions in 2015 from my home; at the time I had just one student. Gradually the number of students increased, and the digital platforms helped me reach a much wider audience," she adds.
Today, over 3000 students from different parts of India and abroad have learnt baking and cooking from her, leading to most of them becoming financially independentToday, over 3000 students from different parts of India and abroad have learnt baking and cooking from her, leading to most of them becoming financially independent.
She conducts baking workshops for baking enthusiasts and for rural communities she has designed culinary tours with training and dining concepts.
In these tours, the rural women share different traditional recipes of local cuisine with food tourists and they earn from these experiences.
"This is how I am trying to empower both in rural and urban areas through cooking and baking skills," Dutta further says.
She says that culinary tours are the best souvenirs you can take from a place.
Through these tours can immerse themselves into a destination's traditions and culture, says Dutta.
Dutta has also trained the family members of ex-poachers.
"After the training, the response has been amazing. They became confident about shaping this into a community-based tourism enterprise -- an alternative source of livelihood," Dutta adds.
She says that Cooking and baking home-based businesses flourished during Covid times.
"When it comes to baking, online lessons got a tremendous response and home baking businesses got their highest boost during this time, as dining options became limited," Dutta says.