Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey in food services but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Muralitharan Thambapillai, Owner of Brindleberry Catering & Events, located in Pickering, ON, Canada.

What's your business, and who are your customers?

Brindleberry Catering and Events is Toronto's premier full-service custom events caterer. We have been serving the greater Toronto area for the past decade. We are the culinary experts when it comes to east and west flavors! We have a wide range of customers that look for private dining, unique menu concepts, customized live stations and etc.

Tell us about yourself

My passion has always been coming up with differentiated dishes and having my clients taste my dishes. Food is my forte, and people are my passion. This is what motivates me to wake up every morning. I have been in the food industry for over a decade. I started working in various known restaurants and graduated with a culinary degree. I specialize in east and west fusion mixed with a touch of flair to have your taste buds yearning for more.

What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?

My biggest accomplishment is putting a footprint on my brand and having a dedicated team that supports my company. They are my biggest accomplishments. We work together harmoniously as we understand what customers want.

What's one of the hardest things that come with being a business owner?

We always face challenges every day, and that's a good thing. This is what brings innovation to make us a key differentiator in this industry. The biggest challenge as a business owner is ensuring the quality and standard of my dishes are met up to my expectation. This requires dedicated time and effort that not a lot of people see in the kitchen. However, once these expectations are met, they become the biggest accomplishments.

What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?

  1. Always stay humble.
  2. Treat your team with respect because they are the ones that build your company.

Is there anything else you'd like to share?

Be very patient. Time will come, and you will get there where you visioned.

Where can people find you and your business?


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