How Spoon University is changing how college students see food

Spoon University Delhi chapter is the online food resource of our generation. Spoon University is a food publication for the students by the students. They cover everything from the best local restaurants and simple, unintimidating recipes to how to navigate your first kitchen and coverage of various food festivals, all written by people under 25. It is powered by student contributors across the world, who now make up a network of over 3,000 contributors at 100 college campuses. It is proud to be part of the Techstars NYC ’15 family. Based in New York, Spoon Delhi is its international chapter.

The Delhi chapter was started by Kritika Narula, a student of Indraprastha College for Women.

“The decision to start Spoon came as a surprise to even me, but once I came across the concept it was the most obvious thing to do. As I entered sophomore year, it became clear that we were going to hang out oftener and explore more than ever. Which is when you think, there’s so much more to the city than just the most obvious places. And then there’s the perenially broke college student- as much as we’d want to eat out every single day, we know we can’t, unless we know of places where we can. Knowledge is power, as they say. Spoon is here to fill that gap- bringing all hangout places to you, recipe hacks to survive in hostels, affordable snacking.” -Kritika Narula, Founder and social Media Manager

For a chapter to start, it is necessary for the founder to get signatures of at least 300 college students who’d testify that they like the concept and would welcome it in Delhi as well. Luckily, social media helped and so did word-of-mouth and the site was launched in February. Spoon University primarily publishes content on their websiteapart from an active social media especially instagram.

The intention behind starting Spoon’s Delhi chapter is unusually similar to that of the HQ at New York. As college students, the founders Sarah Adler and Mackenzie Barth realized how important it is for students to know their food.

Andrea Jacobs, Director of Campus Growth, New York who has been keenly involved in mentoring the students through video-conferencing says, “We could not be more proud of the Spoon UDelhi chapter! They have created incredible content and community and continually bring fresh perspective to Spoon. We hope that they serve as a gateway to others in the international community to bring Spoon to their schools.”

The entire team comprises of students of Delhi, and the editor-in-chief, Aakanksha Joshi, also from IPCW especially has been rallying to bring the content at par with the global standards. The content primarily comprises of food reviews, hacks, quick-fix recipes – basically everything that makes hostel life and college life bearable.

Apart from the website, Spoon University engages in a lot of other activities and events; they host instagram photography competitions, offline foodie games etc. The food publication had a stall in Hansraj College’s fest and this year, they plan to take it higher. Spoon University is also currently recruiting for the academic session for all posts- graphic designers to marketers to writers and photographers -videographers.

The whole idea of Spoon is to build a community of foodies, enjoy and also learn by dabbling in various roles, from marketers to event managers to writers.

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