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NoSugarCoat with Pooja Dhingra

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.

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Pooja Dhingra
In this special episode of NoSugarCoat, the tables have been turned! Pooja is now in the hot seat, being interviewed by her friend – podcast host and founder of production company Maed in India, Mae Thomas. Mae gives Pooja a taste of her own, sugary medicine by asking the questions Pooja most frequently asks her own guests. Let's listen to Pooja's takes on money, love, friendship, leadership, lessons from last year, her #NeverAgain, and what the big dream is. Partners: Shure These sessions were recorded using Shure mics and headphones and if you think we sound good, you now know why. When it matters most to you, rely on Shure to deliver an amazing sound performance, whatever stage you’re on. Here is a list of some of the equipment we used that you may consider adding to your shopping bag. :) MV7 - Podcast Microphone MV7X - Podcast Microphone SRH440 - Professional Studio Headphones Guest: Pooja Dhingra (Twitter & Instagram) Creative Director and Host: Mae Mariyam Thomas This is a Maed in India production. Audio Engineer & Editor: Kartik Kulkarni Project Manager: Shaun Fanthome Producer: Husein Haveliwala
22:37 03/07/2022
Rhea Kapoor
In the season finale of NoSugarCoat, Pooja is in conversation with one of her closest friends and a woman who wears many hats. While coming from a family with a Bollywood legacy, she has always paved her own path; whether it’s through film production, entrepreneurship, fashion design or styling. We’re talking about none other than Rhea Kapoor! She’s someone Pooja always goes to for a reality and you’ll find out why. You can follow Rhea, 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.
38:40 06/21/2021
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.
40:27 06/06/2021
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.
38:38 05/30/2021
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.
35:48 05/23/2021
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.
36:43 05/16/2021
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.
48:47 05/09/2021
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
41:24 04/18/2021
Suchita Salwan
Today, on NoSugarCoat, Pooja Dhingra speaks to Suchita Salwan, whose little Tumblr blog is now India's largest online discovery & shopping platform, Little Black Book. Even after two rounds of funding and almost 5 million active monthly users, the platform's original objective of seeking out and supporting local businesses remains as strong as ever. It shouldn’t come as a surprise that she’s been mentioned in Forbes India and Forbes Asia’s 30 Under 30 lists! Listen on, for a no holds barred conversation between two boss women in business. You can follow Suchita, LBB, 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.
41:50 04/12/2021
Sandesh Reddy
On today’s episode of NoSugarCoat, Pooja chats with chef & restaurateur Sandesh Reddy, who has come a long way from his disastrous first attempt at baking that he tells Pooja about. Now, he runs 10 brands at a whopping 100 locations across Chennai, Bangalore, Hyderabad and Kolkata. Find out more about their 2020 experiences, five-year plans, and how Sandesh went from an engineering student to ace restaurateur. You can follow Sandesh, Sandys Chocolate Laboratory, 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.
38:16 04/05/2021
Masaba Gupta
Today on NoSugarCoat, Pooja talks to one of her dearest friends; fashion designer Masaba Gupta. A fellow entrepreneur, she has built a fashion house from the ground up, starting her journey at the age of 19. Masaba opens up about her childhood, and how she failed at fashion school. From collaborating with various Indian and international labels to being featured on Forbes India 30 Under 30, let’s see how she stays true to her own stylistic identity, while managing to be one of the most sought after designers.  You can follow Masaba, House of Masaba, 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.
39:34 03/28/2021
Gadhadar Reddy
On today’s episode of NoSugarCoat, Pooja is in conversation with Gadhadar Reddy, an inventor, entrepreneur and visionary, whose goal in life is to make the human race a species that voyages through the cosmos. He talks to her about looking skyward at an early age, and since then, how he has worked on creating carbon nanotubes to make spacecrafts lighter, safer and more affordable. His dream is to set foot on Mars, and so, naturally, Pooja asked him if he would take a macaron to the Red Planet with him! You can follow Gadhadar, 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.
40:55 03/21/2021
Joseph Radhik & Joshua Karthik
On this episode of NoSugarCoat, Pooja talks to brothers Joseph Radhik and Joshua Karthik; the reigning kings of wedding photography in India. From Virat-Anushka, Nick and Priyanka to weddings in exotic locations across 5 continents; these award-winning photographers have covered it all. Find out how they bring the art of photography and business together, to create memories forever. You can follow Joseph @josephradhik, Joshua @joshuakarthikr, their work @storiesbyjosephradhik, Pooja @poojadhingra and Le15 Patisserie @Le15India. For more information, go to le15.com. This is a Maed In India production; follow @maedinindia and visit maedinindia.in.
60:34 03/14/2021
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.    —    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.
45:52 06/19/2020
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.    —    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
52:46 06/18/2020
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. --- 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
39:25 11/11/2018
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. --- 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  
37:38 11/04/2018
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. --- 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
35:55 10/28/2018
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. --- 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
35:57 10/21/2018
Maunika Gowardhan
1 self-taught cook Some kharvas A private yacht A beagle 8 attempts at the perfect pulao Stir with Jamie Oliver Garnish with tons of dhaniya A dollop of pineapple chutney Served with homemade prawn pickle on the side This week on NoSugarCoat, Pooja talks to chef and writer Maunika Gowardhan. Based in the UK, Maunika specialises in authentic indian cuisine and her cookbook Indian Kitchen is a bestseller. Even Mindy Kaling loves it! --- You can follow Maunika at @cookinacury and Pooja at @Poojadhingra For more information, go to le15.com. This is a Maed In India Production; check them out at maedinindia.com
37:45 10/14/2018
Matt Chitharanjan
Start with a boring finance job Add unlimited cups of coffee The plume of a peacock 7 tons of coffee beans One super hot dry cappuccino Mix well with 100% Arabica coffee Enjoy your cuppa! This week on NoSugarCoat, Pooja learns all about coffee from Matt Chitharanjan of Blue Tokai Coffee Roasters. Matt and his wife Namrata built this online coffee business starting from their home and currently run multiple cafes and barista training workshops alongside their subscription company. --- You can follow Matt at @matt_chit and Pooja at @Poojadhingra For more information, go to le15.com. This is a Maed In India Production; check them out at maedinindia.com
35:58 10/07/2018
Gary Mehigan
10 seasons of MasterChef Australia Over 30 years of being a chef
 The perfect eclair 5.5 million people 1 lemon curd tart 1 rustic butter chicken recipe Brutal 12-14 work hours for 10 days straight Mix well and fold into one laccha paratha This week on NoSugarCoat, Pooja calls up Gary Mehigan in Australia. Trained in London, Gary is one of the most popular chefs in Melbourne. And of course, he is a judge on the extremely popular cooking show, Masterchef Australia! --- You can follow Gary at @crispycrackling and Pooja at @Poojadhingra For more information, go to le15.com. This is a Maed In India Production; check them out at maedinindia.com
48:10 09/30/2018
Garima Arora
Some American cheese slices 1 supportive Dad 1 injured finger 1 Job in Paris 1 Job in Dubai 1 Job in Copenhagen Some important lessons in humility A large amount of love for Bangkok This week on NoSugarCoat, Pooja sits down with Chef Garima Arora of Restaurant Gaa in Bangkok. This Le Cordon Bleu trained chef has worked in some of the best restaurants in the world including Noma and Gaggan. She now runs her own restaurant in Bangkok. --- You can follow Garima at @arorgarima and Pooja at @Poojadhingra For more information, go to le15.com.  This is a Maed In India Production; check them out at maedinindia.com
29:58 09/23/2018
Thomas Zacharias
A bound book of Grandma’s recipes 1 asparagus Some phodshi 1 year at Le Bernadin An epic journey through India A fateful meeting with Massimo Bottura Bowls of drumstick soup Lots of karaoke  A generous helping of Irksome Bliss This week on NoSugarCoat, Pooja chats with Chef Thomas Zacharias from The Bombay Canteen. Trained at Culinary Institute of America, Thomas  has previously worked at Le Bernadin in New York and Olive in Bangalore and Mumbai. ---Follow Thomas at @cheftzac and Pooja at @PoojadhingraFor more information, go to le15.com.  This is a Maed In India Production; check them out at maedinindia.com
35:29 09/16/2018
Pablo Naranjo Agular
1 Chef's knife A slightly drunk parrot Many sunny side up eggs 1 finely washed radish An unmarked pork shoulder 3 Michelin Star Restaurant 2 Michelin Star Restaurant 1 Michelin Star Restaurant Some Bhut Jholakia to taste And one pink latte to go On this episode of NoSugarCoat, Pooja talks to Chef Pablo Naranjo Agular from Le 15 Cafe in Mumbai who grew up in Colombia and trained at Le Cordon Bleu before moving to India a few years ago. Follow Pablo at @chefpablonaranjo and Pooja at @Poojadhingra. For more information, go to le15.com. This is a Maed In India Production; check us out at www.maedinindia.in
43:43 09/09/2018
For Starters
Welcome to Pooja Dhingra’s brand new podcast, NoSugarCoat where she talks to chefs, entrepreneurs, friends and mentors about the blood, sweat, tears and all other ingredients that go into making it in the food industry. In this teaser episode she sits down with Mae of Maed in India, to discuss,- Her plans for world domination - How to order macarons  from Le 15 patisserie anywhere in the country. - Giving up sugar- What to expect from this season of NoSugarCoat by Pooja Dhingra! Tune in to the first episode of NoSugarCoat out on September 10th featuring Chef Pablo Naranjo Agular from Le 15 Cafe.
12:07 08/21/2018