A little while ago I tried Potage a fantastic healthy food delivery service who pride themselves on their freshly prepared 100% organic pots of goodness delivered to your door. I fell in love with Potage and the delicious food they serve up in the little pots, read my write up here. So it seems like its not just me who love Potage, Vogue recently listed Potage in Calgary Avansinos favourite new discoveries in healthy eating, read it here. After I experienced the Potage delivery service, I decided to talk to Georgia the girl behind this great company, we chat about the idea for Potage, healthy meals, what makes Potage unique and much more. I hope you enjoy what she has to say 🙂
1. Can you describe how the idea for Potage first came about?
On a walk in Hyde Park with one of my brothers when we stopped for a hot winter stew and chunk of bread. A very simple, nourishing bowl but we both agreed how amazing it would be if you could eat like that everyday. I then spent any spare time over the following year testing recipes, collecting packaging samples, thinking about logistics, learning to build a website and slowly creating a brand.
2. What makes Potage unique?
All our food is served in a pot (as the name potage suggests ‘food from a pot’). Our meals are freshly prepared by hand each morning using organic meat and eggs, and fresh veg from the local market. The menu changes daily with a different choice of pots every week and all our food is delivered chilled for customers to heat in 5 minutes at a time that suits.
3. Did you always know you wanted to work in the food industry?
I’ve always wanted to work with food in some shape or form. Every meal at home was an occasion growing up, whether a quick Monday morning breakfast before school or weekend lunch with lots of people, my parents would always make sure we all sat together around a table and enjoyed homemade food. I love experimenting with ingredients and two fussy brothers often made for an interesting challenge. I trained at Ballymaloe when I was 18 and afterwards went to work on an Italian farm and then in a kitchen.
4. What’s a typical day in the life of Georgia Cummings?
On a typical working day, the radio goes off at 6.30am and I bicycle to work via the market to collect any herbs or veg we need for the day. I’m at my desk by 7am and it’s all go until 2.30pm when Clara and I have lunch together which is usually a recipe we’re testing. In the afternoon I try to leave the office to go for a walk around one of the local parks or meet a friend before the evening deliveries start at 5pm. I finish work around 9.30pm and usually bike to a friend’s house with some pots or grab a quick drink in a local pub.
5. Describe what you typically eat in a day?
Today I woke up before the radio went off so had a strong, milky coffee before leaving home. For breakfast I had an apple & cinnamon compote we’re testing with some natural yoghurt and our nutty granola. We eat lunch as a team around 2pm, taking it in turns to make, today we had a chicken tikka massala with some flatbreads. Our spinach & nutmeg soup is one of my favourite pots; the recipe is based on something my granny always made us as kids and I have it about three nights a week with some nutty bread or cheese.
6. What’s your favourite meal and do you have any healthy eating tips?
I like simple food made with good quality, seasonal ingredients. At this time of year my favourite meal is a slow cooked stew with freshly baked bread. My tips for healthy eating would be to eat in season and pay attention to portion control.
7. Do you have any favourite eating spots in London?
Lots. Books for Cooks on Blenheim Crescent, Tsiakkos & Charcoal just off Harrow Road, the tea house at Petersham Nurseries next to Richmond Park, the Morrocaan lentil soup van on Golborne Road, The Cow on Westbourne Park Road.
8. Do you have a particular exercise routine?
I bicycle and walk everywhere.
9. Do you have any advice for young business women on setting up their own business?
Enjoy yourself, “it’s not how great you start – it’s how great you end up”.