Celebrate Diversity Month: Are we an accepting society?
The unwillingness to appreciate others is the source of all global issues. Humans naturally have a fear of the unknown. Hence, Celebrate Diversity Month encourages us to search for this knowledge in order to build an accepting society that embraces everyone, regardless of who they are or where they are from.
April is Celebrate Diversity Month, a time to appreciate and honour the beauty of our diverse backgrounds, cultures, and traditions. A time for recognising the universal nature of humanity while acknowledging and appreciating our differences, regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, or other characteristics. The month seeks to foster a deeper understanding of others, regardless of who they are, what they are, or how they live, by recognising our similarities and differences.
Diversity in What The Fork
What The Fork work hard to bring a diverse range of takeaways from all different backgrounds, cultures and traditions that all have similarities and differences that bring an extremely unique aspect to the platform and food industry.
As part of Celebrate Diversity Month, we spoke to some of our amazing partners on the What The Fork platform to learn more about and showcase their diversity and appreciate their culture, backgrounds and story as restaurant owners.
Introducing Michael, owner of Bombay Lounge, Dalkeith.
Bombay Lounge is a family-owned Indian and Bangladeshi Restaurant & Takeaway, breathing new life in to the High Street in Dalkeith.
Michael has been in the restaurant and takeaway trade for 35 years starting off at the young age of 15, driving his passion and inspiring him to open his very own establishment. Born in Edinburgh and raised in Dalkeith, Michael offers a unique and diverse offering to the community having both Scottish and Punjab, Indian heritage. For Michael, diversity allows for the recognition of Indian dishes whilst also incorporating Scottish culture with the addition of haggis in certain dishes. He is in partnership with the well known Haggis company Macsween to bring you a mix of both traditional Indian and Scottish cuisine.
Michael is proud to say that Bombay Lounge has has been running since 2010 with the support of family and his 25 multi-skilled staff. They have worked successfully through the challenging pandemic and have become a multi-award winning restaurant, sitting with 20 titles including Visit Scotland Tourism Award, AAA, Trip Advisor, Multiple Scottish Curry Awards and even took his regular customer of 10 years to the awards with him.
Michael’s favourite part of working in this industry is the people aspect. The ability to constantly meet with new people and to build personal relationships with his customers and staff so that it doesn’t feel like work and the opportunity to network with high profile individuals. Michael has had the opportunity to work with the likes of Rod Stewart and even cooked for Elton John at the age of 17.
Michael is proud to work in partnership with What The Fork – “I really appreciate the 1-1 relationship What The Fork provide, the effort they make to come out and visit and taking the time to value my business and the appreciation they have for small businesses, which is rare to find”
We are proud to celebrate their diversity and the diversity they bring to the What The Fork platform. Orders can be placed for Bombay Lounge through What The Fork! Get 10% off your first order with code ‘bombay10’. Join their loyalty club by creating an account and get £5 off your order when you spend £60 all year round!
The Sandwich Co, Kirkcaldy
Meet Michael and Donna from The Sandwich Co, Kirkcaldy, Fife (pictured below).
Michael is the owner of The Sandwich Co and Donna works hard between both of their shops. The Sandwich Co background is based on a family run business with 14 employees and a mixture of part time and full time who are all local to area. Their main aim is to maintain a high standard of freshly prepared food in a clean environment with a core value of customer satisfaction. From breakfast, paninis, burgers to munchie boxes, milkshakes and specials… they have it all! 👏🏻
“We are a family community. We have a lot of relatives within the business. Even our delivery driver Pete has his 2 granddaughters working for us!” – Michael, owner.
We are proud to celebrate their diversity and the diversity they bring to the What The Fork platform. Orders can be placed for The Sandwich Co, Kirkcaldy through What The Fork!
Zaika and Supperbowl, Livingston
Ali owns the amazing Zaika, a highly favoured Indian cuisine restaurant and the amazing Supperbowl, a Fish and Chip Bar with two locations, Bankton and Eliburn, all within Livingston. They are a family business and have been operating since 1999, providing great food and great service for 24 years. Zaika was also a finalist in the 2020 Scottish Curry Awards
“We believe in providing delicious freshly cooked food” – Ali, owner.
We are proud to celebrate their diversity and the diversity they bring to the What The Fork platform. Orders can be placed for Zaika and Supperbowl through What The Fork!