Pershore Patty Meets Jin Mehta, owner at The Indian Guy to ask a few personal questions and for a general nose…
Tell me a little bit about how you came to own or work in your business.
After 17 years in business development and sales management, I decided I wanted to start my own business. The question was… what business? For years I’d been thinking that real Indian Street Food dishes are missing from Gloucestershire – so I might as well fill the gap before someone else does! I took some recipes off my Mum, learned how to cook them myself and the rest, as they say, is history. (My wife now does all of the cooking – the business should really be called “The English Girl”) .
What achievements, awards or accolades are you proud of?
Living, working and travelling abroad for 6 years.
Going from an idea to a full time business in less than 2 months with less than £1k investment. Also helping other new, local, street food businesses start up by giving free advice and sharing my contacts.
Getting to the final 10 of a Co-op competition with one of our products.
Any news announcements, or events that you’d like new and existing customers to be aware of?
We are currently exploring selling our dishes as a packaged, frozen product for consumers to eat at home!
We will have a stall at Soul Circus in August – a 3 day yoga and wellness festival with an expected attendance of 7,000 people – our biggest event yet.
What makes your business unique?
We cook actual Indian dishes you’d find on the streets of India, as opposed to what you find in most traditional curry houses. Did you know that Chicken Tikka Masala was created in Scotland?! Aye.
Favourite restaurant to visit if you get a night off?
Last thing you watched on TV?
Which person in your life do you most admire and why?
My older sister – she has twin boys aged 2 and another 7 year old boy – I have no idea how she does it!
What was the last gift you gave someone?
A skate-board figurine toy for my friend’s young son.
What’s your favourite smell in the whole world?
What’s your favourite kind of sandwich?
It used to be cheese & onion… but I recently turned vegan so will have to get back to you on that.
Who would you want to cook your last meal on earth, and why?
My wife because she’d kill me if I said anyone else.
What is the most annoying habit that other people have?
Self-centredness, lack of ability to listen to others.
If you could eat only 3 foods for the rest of your life, what would they be?
Crisps, crisps & crisps.
What’s your claim to fame?
Went to primary school with 2 of the Sugababes! One of whom looked after me one sports day (Mutya & Keisha).
Which food & drink business (other than your own) do you wish you had created?
Never thought about it…tough question. Monster Munch.
What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
Opinions are like ***holes – everyone’s got one.
If you could be anywhere else right now, where would it be?
What’s the best thing that happened to you last week?
Stayed 2 nights in a glamping pod with my wife for our 2 year wedding anniversary.
Name a product or service you love so much that you’d happily be that company’s spokesperson.
I’m not much of a consumer, so I’ll go with Mind – The Mental Health Charity who I have recently started doing a lot of fund raising for.
As a child, what did you wish to become when you grew up?
I’m sure at one point I wanted to be a bin man because it looked fun (I now gag whenever I take the rubbish out… so my wife generally does it. Dodged a bullet there!).
What is the perfect combination of pizza toppings?
Used to be pepperoni.
What was the worst job you ever held and why?
My last sales manager position – turned me into a money hungry shark (I still am in a way, but with morals).
Hanson (joke. Ish).
What was the last thing you ate?
Favourite cut of steak?
Hate steak (Even when I ate meat).
What website do you visit most often?
Embarrassingly, Facebook. Mainly for business, but also just as really bad habit. I’d quit all social media if I didn’t have a business.
What is the most impressive thing you know how to do?
Build an instant rapport with someone. I also used to spit my gum in the air and catch it in my mouth again as a “party trick”.
What do you hope never changes?
My cracking sense of humour 😉
Any finally a question from those who are married to you…When are you coming home?
Tomorrow night (currently visiting sis in London).
The Indian Guy provides home cooked, authentic Indian street food dishes inspired by his Mum! A mobile food stall which pops up at pubs, breweries, caters for private events and more recently introducing a home delivery service to rural parts of the Cotswolds.
Keep an eye out on The Indian Guy’s Facebook page for news of new areas where he’ll be offering his home delivery service, bringing delicious street food straight to your door! Check the foodie events calendar for future dates to add to your diary.
The Foodie Card offer – 25% off all orders over £10 (up to £50 max) when you see The Indian Guy at any food event.