37 episodes

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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    • 4.7 • 29 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.

    Ranveer Brar

    Ranveer Brar

    Today on NoSugarCoat, Pooja talks to culinary luminary and her fellow MasterChef India judge, Ranveer Brar. From his early days in the langar kitchen at 16 to achieving the title of one of India's youngest executive chefs at 26, Ranveer's culinary journey is a story of passion and perseverance. As the mastermind behind over 35 restaurants, Ranveer helps us understand why the term celebrity chef is deeply misunderstood and how the concept of a restaurant chef is changing.

     

    You can follow Ranveer Brar, Pooja and Le15 Patisserie on Instagram.

    For more information, go to le15.com.

    This is a Maed In India production; follow Maed in India & visit maedinindia.in.

    • 29 min
    Riyaaz Amlani

    Riyaaz Amlani

    On this episode of NoSugarCoat, Pooja’s guest is the godfather of Mumbai’s cafe culture himself, Riyaaz Amlani. He’s the mind behind some of your favourite hangout spots like Mocha, Salt Water Cafe, Smoke House Deli and Social. Riyaaz and Pooja chat about the importance of being adaptable to the ever evolving social culture and how delivery apps are not the enemy of in-house dining, but a completely different experience in themselves. 

     

    You can follow Riyaaz Amlani, impresarioindia, Pooja and Le15 Patisserie on Instagram.

    For more information, go to le15.com.

    This is a Maed In India production; follow Maed in India & visit maedinindia.in.

    • 36 min
    Gauri Devidayal

    Gauri Devidayal

    The guest on this episode of NoSugarCoat decided to take a one-year sabbatical from her tax-consulting career to go on a food adventure with her partner in 2011. It’s been twelve years and she’s still on that adventure, serving up great food at the many restaurants she’s launched since then. Gauri Devidayal is the co-founder of the Food Matters Group - home to restaurants and brands like The Table, Mag Street Kitchen, Mag Street Bread Co, Iktara Mumbai, Miss T Delivery and Mag Street Cafe. What made her take a leap of faith into the culinary world with no background in the hospitality industry? Tune in to find out.

     

    You can follow Gauri Devidayal, thetable_colaba, magazinestreetkitchen, magstreetcafe, magstreetbreadco, Pooja and Le15 Patisserie on Instagram.

    For more information, go to le15.com.

    This is a Maed In India production; follow Maed in India & visit maedinindia.in.

    • 38 min
    Karishma Dalal

    Karishma Dalal

    Pooja’s guest on this episode of NoSugarCoat is her dear friend and salad queen herself, Karishma Dalal, from Bombay Salad Company. Karishma explains the concept of salads as meals, the logistical challenges of running a salad bar and how long it takes for a restaurant to be able to run on autopilot. She also talks about why it’s taken her nine years to start her second venture, Bokka Coffee. 

     

    You can follow Bombay Salad Co, Bokka Coffee, Pooja and Le15 Patisserie on Instagram.

    For more information, go to le15.com.

    This is a Maed In India production; follow Maed in India & visit maedinindia.in.

    • 36 min
    Annie Bafna

    Annie Bafna

    On this episode of NoSugarCoat, Pooja talks to Annie Bafna, the fearless Founder and Head Chef of Mumbai's iconic eatery, The Nutcracker. Against the odds and without any prior F&B experience, Annie swapped a promising CA career for a culinary adventure. Discover what led her to this brave decision and how she transformed an all-day breakfast cafe into a thriving four-outlet sensation. Join Pooja and Annie for a conversation about following your passion, regardless of the doubts.

     

    You can follow Annie Bafna, thenutcrackermumbai, Pooja and Le15 Patisserie on Instagram.

    For more information, go to le15.com.

    This is a Maed In India production; follow Maed in India & visit maedinindia.in.

    • 32 min
    Vinesh Johny

    Vinesh Johny

    Pooja’s guest on this week’s episode of NoSugarCoat is usually busy mentoring the next generation of great pastry chefs at the Lavonne Academy, Bangalore. Vinesh Johny founded Lavonne in 2012 with the aim of bringing world-class pastry education home to India. Where does India stand globally in the world of pastry? How does one juggle teaching and running multiple cafes? Tune in to find out.

     

    You can follow Vinesh Johny, lavonneacademyindia, lavonnecafe,

    Pooja and Le15 Patisserie on Instagram.

    For more information, go to le15.com.

    This is a Maed In India production; follow Maed in India & visit maedinindia.in.

    • 32 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
29 Ratings

29 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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