BANGKOK: Bangkok Top Table’s Young Chef of the Year Deepanker “DK” Khosla of urban farm-to-table Haoma Bangkok has launched a fundraising campaign to feed the jobless and hungry.
With Thailand’s tourism sector contributing 30% of total GDP, the hospitality industry is one of the country’s largest employers. Amid the coronavirus pandemic, up to 5 million hospitality workers are facing unemployment—and need help urgently.
Chef DK and the Haoma team have launched a fundraiser that will go towards cooking and providing thousands of cooks and their families with a hot meals. The donation page for Chef DK’s #NoOneHungry campaign is located at https://gogetfunding.com/noonehungry-haoma-bangkok/.
“The mission of the campaign is to help those in need and those who do not have the means to survive. We want to give them a meal full of nutrition, and in return, we get a smile!
Deepanker said he was inspired by an ancient Indian saying, “Ki ghar ka chullah, kabhi bhujnaa nahee chahiye!” which translates to “The stove flame on which mothers cook at home should never be put to rest.”
Haoma Bangkok: Mission to Empower Local Communities
Named after the elixir of life credited with the ability to promote health, wisdom and power in Zoroastrian and Hindu traditions, Haoma is an enchanting farm-to-table oasis committed to refined Neo-Indian flavours and sustainable cooking practices. The cuisine at Haoma reflects Chef DK’s Indian heritage, expressed through lovingly homegrown Thai ingredients and skillful modern gastronomy.
With the belief that everything, and everyone, is interconnected and is part of a whole, Haoma is active in engaging local Thai communities and giving back where possible. Once a month, Haoma travels to Bangkok’s Sanam Luang to offer free meals to the homeless. In addition, Haoma donates its own homegrown seeds to local farmers around Bangkok to provide them with new and valuable options for plants they wouldn’t otherwise have access to.