Specialised cuisine start-up, The Bohri Kitchen gets seed investment from India’s first integrated incubation platform – Venture Catalysts. The round was led by VCats angels include Anuj Puri (Venture Catalysts, Qatar), Abhishek Agarwal (Managing Partner – Rockstud Capital), NikunjPachisia, Anirudh Damani (Artha India Ventures) and Vishal Brahmbhatt.
The round also saw participation from food and beverages doyenne Riyaaz Amlani, as well as several leading HNIs such as Romil Ratra, Chef Rahul Akerkar and others.
Established by an enterprising mother-son duo, The Bohri Kitchen (TBK) is brewing a low-key revolution in the $300 million food home delivery segment. Combining specialised cuisines with unique dining experiences, the brand is the first-of-its-kind to take delectable dishes unique to the Dawoodi Bohra community and make them available to gastronomes and food connoisseurs. Its founder is 28-year-old ex-Googler Munaf Kapadia, who has been recognised by Condenast and named in the Forbes ‘30 Under 30’ list for the sterling success that TBK has garnered since its launch in 2014.
Speaking on the investment, Munaf Kapadia, Founder & CEO, The Bohri Kitchen, said, “When I first thought of the idea that would materialise into The Bohri Kitchen, I was confident of the viability of such a concept in the market. The response that we’ve had so far has just strengthened that belief. Securing these funds from leading names in the start-up and F&B ecosystems like Venture Catalysts, Riyaaz Amlani, Rahul Akerkar and Romil Ratra, is a major shot in the arm for us. We will be using the capital to upgrade our current infrastructure, which will involve moving into a bigger central kitchen and hiring skilled workers who can help my mother in standardising recipes.”
Mihir Mehta, founder at Fintuned, who advised TBK on the transaction commented, “The novelty of the concept, strength of the TBK brand and Munaf’s passion for the business shall act as catalysts to the growth of the business”
Currently, the menu of TBK is Thaal – in – a – box (Chicken); Thaal – in – a – box (Mutton), Not – so – dum – Biryani (Chicken); Not – so – dum – Biryani (Mutton) and Legendary Raan in Red Masala.
Through this investment round, Kapadia is also looking to widen the reach of TBK by hiring more skilled workers to help standardise the menus along with his mother.