𝗣𝗮𝗿𝘁 𝟱 𝗼𝗳 𝟵 𝗼𝗳 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗣𝗮𝘀𝘀𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗣𝗿𝗼𝗷𝗲𝗰𝘁. Thanks for following along on this portrait series! Full series in the link in my bio.
𝗠𝗮𝗿𝗴𝗮𝗿𝗲𝘁 is the co-owner and executive chef of Thattu restaurant, which focuses on Indian street food from the state of Kerala. She wasn’t always in the restaurant industry. For more than 12 years, she worked in financial services, pharmaceutical and marketing. She was let go of at her last job and it hit her very hard, but it also inspired her to change things up. After saving up a lot from those 12 years in the corporate world, she took a year off and traveled. She and Vinod went to Chile, Japan, Korea, Germany, France, India and Argentina and fell in love with experiencing international cuisine.
Margaret knew she wanted to work in food, but didn’t know how or in what capacity. She became an independent Food Sales Consultant for Ketch on Fire. One day while attending a coursed beer cocktail dinner at Whole Foods, she met Won Kim. Some time passed and Margaret started helping out at Kimski in 2017. This was her first experience working in a kitchen and restaurant setting.
As her confidence grew, she started cooking Indian food at work. Egg curry is something she would always make at home, so whenever there were too many eggs at work, she would cook some for staff meal. It was comforting, homey and made her happy to make it. Won asked her to her first popup and she happily agreed. Five popups later, the opportunity arose to open her own spot within Politan Row.
Seeing how far Margaret has come makes me so happy. She is the very blueprint for anyone that might be working the standard 9 to 5, but pursued her dreams to make it into reality. Often times, it’s easy to get stuck into the same routine unless a chance of luck pushes you into the start of a new beginning. Thattu has been featured by Chicago Tribune, Reader and TimeOut. They have also been nominated for the Best Counter Service by the Jean Banchet Awards. #passionproject