A Story of a Budding Entrepreneur
"Dum Yum" is the brainchild of Siddharth Kanchustambam, a 16-year-old schoolboy of Chandigarh. He was born to a Hyderabadi doctor couple in London on 5th, September 1999. Though he traveled different countries in early childhood, his formative years were spent in Hyderabad, the land of biryani. A foodie himself, Siddharth had a hobby of setting up food stalls in his community and school of gatherings on special occasions. His love for grandmother's biryani coupled with the passion for cooking gave shape to Dum Yum during the Diwali break of 2015. Soon, the 11-grade student of St. John's School, Chandigarh, started delivering fresh Hyderabadi biryani made in the kitchen of their Mohali home to his friends and acquaintances. With the help and encouragement of his family, he handled end to end operations, from taking telephonic orders to cooking and delivering at the door, single-handed for sixth months. As the word of mouth spread, the number of orders increased gradually and the hobby soon turned into a business. He quickly learned the tricks of the trade and took the venture to the next level by the time he completed his high school education. At his food joint in Sector 27C, he now serves an extended venue with a Hyderabadi flavor. "A lot of effort goes into choosing finest quality basmati rice, spices, and condiments. Each ingredient is meticulously measured up to grams, and cooking process is standardized to maintain consistency in quality. Biryani has been the soul of Dum Yum; And will always be" says the starry-eyed curly-haired young man who now is pursuing a bachelor's degree in Business Administration at SD College Chandigarh.