Chennai’s New Burger Man Sunny
In a yummy U-turn of sorts, an accomplished Transformational Behaviour Specialist in Chennai tickles the taste buds of Chennaiites with his home-style chicken burgers. The pandemic triggered twin lockdowns he says has given life to his longtime passion.
"A good hearty meal by itself is my USP",
Sunny told tellmystory.in showing his liberal sides of coleslaw and potato salad accompaniments for burgers. “I’ve heard, a burger is a full meal in the US and I’m giving just that” Mr. Natarajan adds.
Priced at Rs 299, Sunny takes orders for a maximum of 60 burgers during weekends. “This way I will not lose the personal touch. This is not an assembly line production, so no two burgers are the same. The same classic chicken could taste slightly different next week. Anything beyond this will lose the personal touch” he explains.
Sunny plans to creatively experiment with pineapple, a variety of meat, and vegetarian options as well for burger lovers. When we visited him at his home near Chennai’s Valmiki Nagar Beach, he was busy heating burger buns while chicken burgers sizzled on another burner.
Talking about his new experience he says. “It’s a lot of work when we do everything ourselves. The shredding of 1 1/2 KG of cabbage for instance was back-breaking“.
Sunny a postgraduate who works with colleges to empower less privileged first-generation graduate students with crucial soft skills has been largely free over the last seventeen months amid two lock-downs. He adds, “If you have a dream go for it. I cook because this is within my control, while I can’t get colleges to reopen. Students should monetize their talents to take them through this tough time“.
While Sunny is yet to make up his mind if he would want to convert his passion for home-style burgers into a new career, he wants to “build a community through this” where he says “we make new friends, they get to eat my burger, my food, and I get to become their friends and be part of their journey in their life too“.
Sunny’s love for cooking scaled a new high when he started cooking to ease pressure on his wife Sharon after she started her own business. It was during her travel abroad for more than a month in 2014 the foodie mastered making burgers. “Now he’s an expert and I only assist him as his minion,” says Sharon.