Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey in food and beverage but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Kaustubh Mahamuni, Owner of TRUSTME, located in Newport Beach, CA, USA.

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

I work as a private chef for small intimate events and gatherings from 2 up to 20 people. My focus remains on creating multi-course menus that revolve around the groups' favourite ingredients, often fusing flavors and techniques from a variety of cuisines.

I also run a micro sourdough bakery specializing in the traditional Italian holiday cake like bread 'Panettone. My customers can be a couple wanting to celebrate an intimate multi-course meal, small family or corporate gatherings, or friends celebrating an occasion in the backyard.

Tell us about yourself

I am a self-taught chef & baker who grew up watching my mother and grandmother cook. I have always cooked, growing up hosting friends and family regularly. The selfish joy I get from cooking for people who enjoy my food which brings them together, is what motivates me each day to do what I do!

What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?

My business allows me to be creative and flexible in the way I want.

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

Having a regular business income, given the nature of the business.

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

  1. Try to create something of your own rather than franchising what already exists, be it an idea, a product, a service, etc.
  2. Marketing is important, but your product/service is the core. Spend your energy/time accordingly.
  3. Believe in your business. The secret ingredient is always 'patience.'

Where can people find you and your business?


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