She has had a fair share of challenges in ensuring her dream materialises however, the youthful, talented self-made Mombasa based Chef would never relent but persists.
She once started the Swahili delicacies business in early 2016 and later closed it to strategise before re-launching it year later an initiative that has made the unbowed youth at the top for her unique cuisines.
Deejah Atieno Omondi has mastered the Swahili cuisine and is working on a unique online restaurant ‘La kwetu foods’ that will quench hungry Kenyans.
She reveals that the process which is at its peak will see a unique online restaurant with Swahili delicacies; breakfast, lunch and dinner packages that will leave clients lick fingers for more.
She is currently supplying breakfast, lunch and dinner orders to workplaces, homes and whenever her networks have special functions being family gatherings, friends meetings, birthday parties among other social related activities.
“I ventured more into Swahili and cultural delicacies among them Pilau, Biryan, Mandazi and various snacks prepared in a special way just to leave you yearning for more,” she said with a broad smile.
Deejah, despite having no formal catering training, she has mastered her cooking always ensuring she does not mess up with her fast growing clients.
“I took the bold step to earn myself a living. I closely work with my peers so that we uplift each other,” noted Ms Deejah.
She had already recruited other four members in her business one based in Nairobi who ensures safe deliveries of Swahili snacks to the clients.
“We also have our financial Manager, one in charge with deliveries and another manages all the marketing issues, our main goal is to employ the youth and make profit,” she disclosed.
A breakfast package which includes samosas, fried potatoes, bhajia and mandazi costs between sh. 150 and sh. 300 while lunch packages which includes chapatti, coconut coated beans, pilau, among other mouth watering Swahili delicacies costs between sh. 130 to sh. 300 per plate.
[Top chef Deejah Atieno Omondi with her colleagues serving Swahili food at a past function. Photo/Ahmed Omar].
“The difference is the food preparations,” she added.
Deejah is currently working on her website before launching ‘La Kwetu foods’ that will reach every Kenyan across the country.
She attributes her growth to her mentor Mr. Mahmoud Noor, the Swahilipot Hub Patron who according to Deejah encouraged her to pursue her dream and also uplift the lives of her peers.
“Youth should grab every opportunity that comes across, these opportunities can easily translate into huge incomes,” she reiterates.