13 episodes

NoSugarCoat started out as a no holds barred conversation that brings to light the stories behind restaurant walls and kitchen doors. Hosted by pastry chef and owner of Le15 Patisserie, Pooja Dhingra, Season 1 featured conversations with chefs, entrepreneurs, friends and mentors from the food industry talking about where their passion for food began, their trials and tribulations, and what it took to get to where they are today.

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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    • 4.7 • 27 Ratings

NoSugarCoat started out as a no holds barred conversation that brings to light the stories behind restaurant walls and kitchen doors. Hosted by pastry chef and owner of Le15 Patisserie, Pooja Dhingra, Season 1 featured conversations with chefs, entrepreneurs, friends and mentors from the food industry talking about where their passion for food began, their trials and tribulations, and what it took to get to where they are today.

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.

    Upasana Makati

    Upasana Makati

    One morning, as she was reading her newspaper, Upasana Makati wondered, “What do the visually impaired start their day with?”
     
    This thought led her to create White Print, India’s first magazine in braille for the visually impaired. Earlier this year, Upasana sat down with Pooja to talk about the struggles of being an entrepreneur, convincing people to believe in your dream and what she learned from working with the visually impaired. 
     
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    You can now buy Le15’s Cafe Cookbook at shop.le15.com.
    You can follow Upasana at @Upasana_M and Pooja at @poojadhingra.
     
    For more information, go to le15.com.
     
    The theme music is Rhythm Maker by Haiku
    This is a Maed In India Production; check us out at maedinindia.in.

    • 45 min
    Sanket Parekh

    Sanket Parekh

    When you invest in early stage startups, 90% of your portfolio is going to fail. 
     
    And yet, Sanket Parekh has made a name for himself as a venture capitalist and founder of Miami-based Secocha Ventures. A couple of months ago, Sanket and Pooja sat down to discuss why he invests in the companies he does, his work-life balance philosophy and their emotional working relationship. 
     
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    You can now buy Le15’s Cafe Cookbook at shop.le15.com.
    You can follow Sanket at @SanketSParekh and Pooja at @poojadhingra.
     
    For more information, go to le15.com.
     
    The theme music is Rhythm Maker by Haiku
    This is a Maed In India Production; check us out at maedinindia.in

    • 52 min
    Rashmi Uday Singh

    Rashmi Uday Singh

     
    Take some Income Tax Raids Stir in a newspaper column for 20 years Add 1 answering machine Sprinkle some blind dates Pepper in 39 books Serve with barbeque chaas on the side On the season finale of NoSugarCoat, Pooja chats to India’s most popular food critic, Rashmi Uday Singh. She talks about how she moved from writing quasi-judicial orders to writing about food, creating the first restaurant guide in India and how to use Instagram correctly.
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    You can follow Rashmi at @rashmiudaysingh and Pooja at @Poojadhingra
     
    For more information, go to le15.com.
    This is a Maed In India Production; check them out at maedinindia.com

    • 39 min
    Nadine Levy Redzepi

    Nadine Levy Redzepi

     
    4 acres of farmland 1 wholesome roast chicken A job at the world’s best restaurant Add one super secret love story Some “seal the deal” pasta Trail attempts to make a dosa And 1 book of family recipes This week on NoSugarCoat, Pooja calls up cookbook author and home cook Nadine Redzepi in Denmark. They talk about her relationship with food, her work at Noma and her brand new book, Downtime: Deliciousness at Home.
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    You can follow Nadine at @nadinelevyredzepi and Pooja at @Poojadhingra
    For more information, go to le15.com.
    This is a Maed In India Production; check them out at maedinindia.com
     

    • 37 min
    Prateek Sadhu

    Prateek Sadhu

     
    1 “super simple” lobster and avocado salad 100 kilos of peeled walnuts A zero-waste kitchen A hint of wild lavender A whole bunch of sea buckthorn 1 purple sweet potato & coffee sorbet Mix in nostalgia for Kashmiri home-cooking Serve with some collard greens on the side This week on NoSugarCoat, Pooja chats with Chef Prateek Sadhu. Originally from Kashmir, he trained at CIA and has worked in restaurants across the US. After spending time in Noma in Copenhagen, he returned to India and is currently the chef at Masque in Mumbai.
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    You can follow Prateek at @prateeksadhu and Pooja at @Poojadhingra
    For more information, go to le15.com.
    This is a Maed In India Production; check them out at maedinindia.com

    • 35 min
    Kelvin Cheung

    Kelvin Cheung

    Take 1 Chicago chef 1 big leap of faith 9 months of struggle 1 aggressive fishmonger Some CrossFit A night that shall not be talked about And multiple picklebacks! This week on NoSugarCoat, Pooja talks to her friend and chef Kelvin Cheung. Raised and trained in the US, Kelvin moved to India 6 years ago to run Ellipsis and is currently the chef at Bastian in Mumbai.
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    You can follow Kelvin at @chefkelvincheung and Pooja at @Poojadhingra
    For more information, go to le15.com.
    This is a Maed In India Production; check them out at maedinindia.com

    • 35 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
27 Ratings

27 Ratings

Amrita Gan ,

So good!

Love the tone of the podcast and the range of guests on it!

Resham Nanwani Baid ,

Amazing Insights to the F&B industry

People like me - a passionate baker looking to enter the industry wish to understand the F&B industry from experts and this just makes it all possible. Thank you Pooja - a big fan ❣️

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