Having completed her bachelor’s degree from Lancaster University, Vidisha Bathwal had the privilege of trying delicacies from renowned chefs and that is when she realized her passion for food. After a culinary extravagance in London, Vidisha wanted to introduce different flavors to her home city Kolkata. And so she started off with her venture, “Paprika Gourmet”, an International Gourmet food catering which provides services for small parties to larger corporate events, baby showers and wedding events. They have an extensive menu complete with gourmet appetizers, mains and desserts.
“Food gave me an outlet to try my business instincts and also to fructify my passion,” says Vidisha. She talks about her journey, “At the onset of any new venture, there are always initial teething issues leading to cold feet.
Electrical failures and statutory approvals were the biggest hurdles. However, I took it up positively and overcame all of the hurdles gaining from every incident and climbing up the learning curve.”
Vidisha is well aware of her current role and does everything to update her skills. “In my current role, I need to keep my creativity acumen at the top of my game. For this I make it a point to keep aside few days to update my skills whenever we take a vacation with the family at any part of the world, be it known local establishments in culinary delightful places like Jaipur to awe inspiring delicacies from Culinary Institutes and Michelin starred chefs around the world. “
Paprika Gourmet bagged The Aparajita Awards in the Gourmet section in 2012. Paprika Gourmet also catered for the prestigious 7 day long golf tournament as their exclusive food vendor and since then has become their exclusive vendor for subsequent years.
Vidisha shares her success mantra,” Pursue excellence and success will follow.” Her advise to people who dream of making it big, “Don’t forget from where you started your journey and always know where you have to go. Follow your dreams.”