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NoSugarCoat is a show that looks at understanding the entrepreneurial struggle. Hosted by pastry chef and owner of Le15 Patisserie, Pooja Dhingra, she talks to her contemporaries, fellow entrepreneurs, friends, and mentors to understand their journey, find parallels, learnings, failures, self-doubt and the realisation of one’s dreams through passion and perseverance. And of course, we make sure the sugar stays in the kitchen and out of the conversation!
Now, Pooja’s expanding her understanding of the entrepreneurial struggle from just the hospitality industry to those from any industry. She hopes to dive into the journey of her contemporaries to find parallels, learnings, failures, self-doubt and the realisation of one’s dreams through passion and perseverance.

NoSugarCoat with Pooja Dhingra Maed in India

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    • 4.2 • 292 Ratings

NoSugarCoat is a show that looks at understanding the entrepreneurial struggle. Hosted by pastry chef and owner of Le15 Patisserie, Pooja Dhingra, she talks to her contemporaries, fellow entrepreneurs, friends, and mentors to understand their journey, find parallels, learnings, failures, self-doubt and the realisation of one’s dreams through passion and perseverance. And of course, we make sure the sugar stays in the kitchen and out of the conversation!
Now, Pooja’s expanding her understanding of the entrepreneurial struggle from just the hospitality industry to those from any industry. She hopes to dive into the journey of her contemporaries to find parallels, learnings, failures, self-doubt and the realisation of one’s dreams through passion and perseverance.

    Aditi Handa and Sneh Jain

    Aditi Handa and Sneh Jain

    On this episode of NoSugarCoat, Pooja talks to India’s power couple of bread. Aditi Handa and Sneh Jain not only found a way to make sourdough a hit in India, but also figured out how to make the whole operation their bread and butter. Their artisan bakery The Baker’s Dozen, which started out as a bootstrapped venture, is now expected to generate 20 crores of revenue this year. They discuss how consumer demand increased and evolved during the pandemic, and how consistent hard work and innovation are the ingredients for success, and a perfectly baked loaf of bread!
    You can follow Aditi, Sneh, The Baker’s Dozen, Pooja and Le15 Patisserie.
    For more information, go to le15.com.
    This is a Maed In India production; follow Maed in India & visit maedinindia.in.

    • 40 min
    Rohan Mirchandani

    Rohan Mirchandani

    Today on NoSugarCoat, Pooja talks to the man that brought greek yogurt to India. It’s Rohan Mirchandani on this episode, as they chat about his move to India from the US to create brands like Epigamia and Hokey Pokey, the challenges of cold chain distribution, and how to walk the fine line between an entrepreneur and a CEO.
    You can follow Epigamia, Hokey Pokey, Pooja and Le15 Patisserie.
    For more information, go to le15.com.
    This is a Maed In India production; follow Maed in India & visit maedinindia.in.

    • 38 min
    Rajni Bector and Sana Bector Parwanda

    Rajni Bector and Sana Bector Parwanda

    On today’s episode of NoSugarCoat, Pooja speaks to the Mrs. Bector, who was recently awarded a Padma Shri. A veteran in the F&B business, Mrs. Rajni Bector paved the way for India women in business, especially in the food industry. Here they are discussing what it was like starting out in the 70s, the challenges women entrepreneurs have to face, even now, and also rope her granddaughter Sana Bector Parwanda in the conversation, about how the next generation is taking the food business into the future.
    You can follow Cremica, Sana, Zoet Dessert, Pooja and Le15 Patisserie.
    For more information, go to le15.com.
    This is a Maed In India production; follow Maed in India & visit maedinindia.in.

    • 35 min
    Varun Duggirala

    Varun Duggirala

    On this episode of NoSugarCoat, I'm talking to Varun Duggirala. From a small town in coastal Andhra Pradesh to the glitzy world of Bollywood, he is now the Co-founder and Content Chief of the country's leading creative agency – Glitch. In an industry that’s known to be a frantic place, let’s find out who wins in the battle between personal and professional life.
    You can follow Varun, Pooja and Le15 Patisserie.
    For more information, go to le15.com.
    This is a Maed In India production, follow Maed in India and visit maedinindia.in.

    • 36 min
    Manu Chandra

    Manu Chandra

    Today on NoSugarCoat, fellow chef Manu Chandra joins Pooja Dhingra as they share tales of culinary school, their approaches to food, the F&B business and how far chefs go to “do it for the ‘gram”. With his years of experience managing and launching new restaurants with the Olive Group, and numerous accolades including Fortune India’s 40 Under 40 and New York Times’ & Time Magazine’s most promising and talented young chef in India; he knows the ins and outs of the food industry, so let’s dive right into the meaty stuff! 
    You can follow Manu Chandra, Pooja Dhingra and Le15 Patisserie.
    For more information, go to www.le15.com.
    This is a Maed In India production; follow Maed in India & visit www.maedinindia.in.

    • 48 min
    Nikhil Taneja

    Nikhil Taneja

    On this episode of #NoSugarCoat, Pooja Dhingra talks to Nikhil Taneja, whose resumé as a media professional and educator is longer than her to-do list for this year. From interviewing celebrities at age 14 and a dream job at Yash Raj Films, to working with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and co-founding a youth media organisation that focuses on mental health called Yuvaa. Today, they take on ‘hustle culture’ and coping with its mental health repercussions.
    You can follow Nikhil Taneja, Yuvaa, Pooja Dhingra and Le15 Patisserie.
    For more information, go to le15.com.
    This is a Maed In India production; follow Maed in India & visit maedinindia.in

    • 41 min

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5
292 Ratings

292 Ratings

p1791 ,

Love this

Pooja is a very good host!She asks correct questions to get the person talking.However the conversations recorded from the people on the phone are not very clear.

xdhykohgfd ,

Very Average, just like Macarons

Heard the LBB founder episode. Absolutely mediocre. Most questions and answers sounded rehearsed. No ‘insight’, mostly gyan to kindof tell the listeners look how ‘difficult’ it is to run startups. The host already knows what questions to ask, so regardless of what the guest is saying, she lacks the ability to go deeper and carve a solid insight.

oaktreeM ,

love!

Loved listening to all the episodes, the length is just right and the host clearly is very clued in to the world of cooking makes it super fun :) can’t wait for another season! would be nice though if something from smaller cities could also be included?

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