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Guest: Suman Chhabria – Baker and Founder @sugarplatepatisserie.
-She’s a certified pastry chef, she did her diploma from Lavonne, she did her internship at JW Marriott, Pune.
-She worked as a chef with chef Pooja at Love Mumbai.
-Currently she’s baking from home.
-Due to lockdown she has to shut her store and bake from home.
How did she get into baking industry.
-She’s baking since 2012.
-When she completed her 12th, she had 3 months vacation, she didn’t have anything to do, she had ample amount of time, she baked a cake and it turned out pretty amazing, then her college started.
-For next 2-2.5 years she didn’t bake anything but after her fourth semester, she started baking again.
-She spoke to few people and they guided her that she should pursue a diploma in baking.
-She discovered Lavonne in 2016, it was very tough initially as a student in Lavonne, she continued her internship at JW Marriott for 6 months.
-Then she started her own store “Sugar plate patisserie”
Baking as a career option
-Start right after 12th if you’re sure that you want to do this in your life.
-If you’re really good at something, then why waste time for something else.
-A person can work in a hotel when that person is willing to give everything to their passion.
-Cooking is completely different from baking.
-Baking is an art.
-Most of the time we adhere to the design that the customer wants us to make but sometimes we can’t copy someone else’s design.
-We can only take inspiration and remake it.
Sometimes it gets tough, sometimes it can be managed.
Limitations in baking
-People want cheap services, they don’t see the quality they are getting, they just look at the price.
-There are people who sell cakes for less but they don’t use the original ingredients.
-Some things are hard to explain to the customer.
-Many a times people just start making cakes, they make cake 1, then cake 2 and so on and they start calling themselves a baker and taking orders. That also affects our market.
Top 4 tips for an aspiring baker.
- Always read out the recipe, the procedure.
- Measure out everything in front of you before you start.
- Always bake your product at a lower temperature for a longer time. (Personal)
- Give credits to other bakers when you follow their recipe.
Her Instagram is @sugarplatepatisserie
Do not feel guilty of eating a cake, just be moderate.