Mark C & Andreas L Borgmann

Delivering tasty low-fat meals in an instant
ByJasmine BandaliWednesday , 26 February 2014
Ten years ago... I was desperately seeking work in the real estate industry with just Dhs5,000 in my pocket ANDREAS
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Ten years ago... I was desperately seeking work in the real estate industry with just Dhs5,000 in my pocket ANDREAS
Ten years from now...I hope to be relaxing on a warm sandy beach, 
sipping on cocktails with little straw hats MARK
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Ten years from now...I hope to be relaxing on a warm sandy beach, sipping on cocktails with little straw hats MARK

In a region where the sun is always shining and the need to flaunt a perfect bikini body year-round without the time to construct well-balanced meals is abundant, the 2010 introduction of Kcal’s healthy fast food to Dubai’s takeaway scene was a godsend for the region’s body-conscious. However, had it not been for a twist of fate for its founders, it’s an idea that may never have come to fruition.

Mark arrived in Dubai 10 years ago from England, seeking a job as a real estate broker during the boom period. After swiftly learning the ropes, he took a leap of faith, opening his own brokerage along with his Danish friend, Andreas. However, following the global economic downturn in 2008, the pair were forced to close their venture. Faced with the dilemma of returning to their native countries or diversifying their interests, the pair chose the latter and opened their first Kcal outlet in Jumeirah Lakes Towers two years later.

The company’s exponential growth has been a project of passion for the driven duo, who literally eat, sleep and breathe their brand. In 2013 they opened their sixth outlet, amid finalising their franchise concept. While the high achievers have certainly exceeded their initial expectations, Mark says that his biggest achievement in 2013 was meeting the girl of his dreams.