In the latest edition of Bombaywaali, internationally recognized pastry chef and the founder of a macaroon bakery chain Le 15 Patisserie, Pooja Dhingra, shared her entrepreneurial journey, challenges and dreams in an up close and personal interaction with SheThePeople Ideas Editor, Kiran Manral at Reclamation, Bandra West, Mumbai.
Pooja Dhingra is an alumnus of César Ritz school in Le Bouveret, Switzerland and Cordon Bleu Paris. Selected by Forbes India 30 under 30 achievers list for 2014 and the Forbes 30 under 30 Asia list. The founder of Le 15 Patisserie in Mumbai, which is the first macaroon store in the country, is a dynamic businesswoman and a recipient of the Digital Women Award organized by SheThePeople. Pooja has recently opened her first café at Colaba called Le15 Café in collaboration with a culinary school friend Pablito Naranjo. She is also a celebrated food and culinary author.
At Bombaywaali, Pooja has shared her incredible journey, live in front of the audience that was excited to know about the secrets of her enviable success at such a young age and being a woman and Mumbaikar. According to her putting one’s heart and body while chasing the ambitions is the only formula of success that she knew and had experienced. While explaining it to the audience Pooja Dhingra said, “I would say have fun with it, enjoy it and know that it is a lot of hard work and dedication. Time in the kitchen. When your friend is off you will be working. I had to miss family weddings, etc., in the first three years- the reward is as big. For me the best part is to imagine something the flavors working on a recipe and it comes to life. When your idea is realized in difficult hours, it brings so much happiness and joy”.
Achieving numerous heights of success was just a part of Pooja’s big dream, but for many, it’s hard to believe that a young woman can alone climb different peaks using the ladder of courage and determination. “She was often asked who is the manager/owner since people were skeptical of her being the owner chef, “It would always be like where is your father, where is the owner. For them to comprehend that there is a young girl doing it was quite shocking,” Pooja further added.
SheThePeople.TV’S Bombaywaali is a celebration of women who built the city of Mumbai – intellectually, philosophically, financially, spiritually and literally.