Srinagar: Sameer Fayaz Pandit, the founder of Bloom Bakers, is making his best efforts to grow his start-up after restoration of high speed internet in the Valley.
His online business that had come to a standstill after suspension of high speed internet is slowly picking up with better network facilities.
The 32-year-old entrepreneur from Srinagar’s Shalimar area had to juggle between so many places before finally settling down in Kashmir.
He started his career immediately after doing his bachelors from Institute of Hotel Management, Srinagar.
Big brands like Papa John’s Pizza, Radisson Hotels, The Khyber Resort and Spa, are some of the world-class names Pandit has been associated with.
Pandit started his business in Valley at a time when the coronavirus had spread in the Valley. There was chaos everywhere, global economy had shaken up on a massive scale, people had forgotten to come out of their homes and opening a bakery shop at that time was near to impossible. But that didn’t stop the young businessman from chasing his dream. He took the risk and came off with flying colours.
“After outbreak of Covid, we were not sure whether to start our bakery or not but thank God we did! Initially, the response was low. People were afraid of ordering. And sometimes they would order and later on cancel it. But with time, we overcame those difficulties also,” Pandit said.
“We started getting so many orders, especially birthday cakes, during pandemic as everything was shut and I think that’s when people got to like us. I can say it was luck by chance for me”, he said.
Today, the bakery venture supplies cakes and other items to almost all the supermarkets in Srinagar.
The team visits the stores personally, makes them taste their bakery items and then take feedback for improvement.
Pandit recently participated in a cake competition organised by the Department of Tourism at SKICC and won 4th price and since then there is no stopping.
He has made three cakes, one for Khelo India festival that was held at Gulmarg, and another two on the occasion of Winter Festival at Pahalgam and Doodhpathri.
“I am thankful to the department for supporting the young talent. They gave us space to set up our stall at different venues and showcase our talent,” the baker said.
One of the interesting things about Bloom Bakers is that 80 percent of their products are eggless, making it more likeable option for customers. They are committed to tour operators and hotels also and even get orders from them since many tourists don’t prefer egg in their food.
“We believe in quality and that’s our USP. We want to be known as the best Bakers in the Valley in next five years. That is our sole motive”, Pandit said.