I’m Seema Shenoy
the creator of Chef Avenue and Omnipan
I want to share the Untold Story – the inspiration that led me to create Chef Avenue and Omnipan.
I grew up in a humble household in rural India. My dad, Dr. Anant Bhadri, a medical doctor, founded and built the only hospital for locals. Patients came from near and far, sometimes walking for miles at a time for treatment. He worked selflessly for 40 years.
My mom, Sudha Bhadri, provided the strength and support system for my entire family. She had a zeal for cooking and would cook for my family and anyone else she wanted to make feel special.
She had a small cooktop connected to a gas cylinder, a tiny box oven that sat on the cooktop, a few pots and pans, and simple, modest ingredients.
We had many food constraints living in rural India. Vegetables and fruits were only available at the farmer's market on Wednesdays, meat only on Sundays, and no seafood.
However, nothing stopped her from creating the most wonderful delights. I still fondly remember how our home was always filled with mouth-watering aromas wafting from the kitchen. We would eagerly gather around the tiny dining table to enjoy every meal.
Though my dad didn’t know how to cook, he came up with ingenious shortcuts and healthy options for my mom in the kitchen. I remember some of his ideas – burying ginger root underground to keep it fresh, drying veggies before frying to reduce the time and absorption of oil, and creating a notepad out of scrap paper and hanging it on the kitchen cabinet with a pencil for making notes.
Together my mom and dad formed a dynamic duo – the chef and the innovator. Theirs is an untold love story. While my parents have since passed, I share their desire to bring joy and happiness through cooking. I want to make cooking more accessible and fun for everyone. I designed Omnipan to eliminate unnecessary steps in prepping, cooking, and cleanup.
Whether you dig up your old family recipes or delve into the curated selection from our cookbook; I hope cooking with Omnipan inspires you. I can’t wait to see what you create!
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