CHATLINE SOMA BASU samples energy breakfast with diehard foodie-turned-small time businessman George Penner, whose all natural gourmet culinary products have found a following among customers
George loves bagels. He loves muffins too to start his mornings. Twenty years that he has lived in India, he says, he did not find the stuff that matched his taste and expectation. So he found a way out -- what you like to eat, make it yourself. But in his case it is not that simple.
George Penner does not cook just for himself. He makes bagels, English muffins, biscotti, pizza bases, fresh pastas and pesto just the way he would make something for himself at home, without any additive, preservative and organic as far as possible and sells them to NRIs, expats and the nouveau Indian taste explorers.
The day I met him he had orders for 100 kilos of his products from customers across Chennai, Bangalore, Delhi, Puducherry and few other tourist destinations besides Kodaikanal where he lives now. "My business is growing," he smiles.
What began as a casual trial and fun in his home kitchen has grown into a small and well managed business in the backyard of his cottage, called "George's Gourmet Kitchen", where George works hands on full time.