Thursday 14 December 2017

Mindful moment… Find your path in your passions

Redundancy and a cooking passion led to the opening of Kerala Kitchen
Redundancy and a cooking passion led to the opening of Kerala Kitchen

Marianne Power

A few years ago my friend was made redundant from a job he'd had for 20 years. While he was figuring out what to do next, he did what he always did to relax: he cooked curries.

He cooked for family, for friends, for neighbours. Word spread about Lewis' curries. People suggested he could sell them, so he bought a second-hand van and gave it a go on Saturday nights. People queued up every week. Word spread. Soon, he was selling in festivals and markets all around Ireland. People queued in rain and snow to eat these curries. Lewis got up at 5am to make them. Less than a year ago Lewis and his wife Gráinne opened a restaurant, Kerala Kitchen, on Baggot Street in Dublin.

Since then they have been working day and night, pouring their heart and soul into making it a lovely place to eat and chat. This week, Mel Gibson turned up and ate on one of the old wooden benches at their shared tables. It was his second curry that week.

I know it's naff and annoying that celebrities count for so much in our world - there are hundreds of other regulars who make Kerala Kitchen so special - but it's still very cool when an A-lister walks in. It's also cool what you can create from nothing.

Kerala Kitchen is a business that started in a van. Literally. It shows that even in these weird times, if you have the guts, the tenacity and a big heart, you can do anything.

* Marianne Power is the author of

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