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Pooja Dhingra: The woman who brought world class macaroons to Mumbai

Pooja Dhingra
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Pooja Dhingra, hailing from a family of food lovers learnt the art of baking from her mother. Her mother Seema ran a baking business from home. Her father Jaikishin and brother Varun are also restaurant owners. Initially, Pooja thought that she wanted to pursue a career in law and hence joined a law school in Mumbai. But then she realised that it wasn’t her cup of tea and went on to study hospitality management at Cesar Ritz in Switzerland. Pooja Dhingra was also trained at the esteemed Le Cordon Bleu in Paris. Studying in Paris introduced her to macaroons.  And then finally, Pooja Dhingra found her calling- macaroon making. After completion of her course at Le Cordon Bleu, Pooja returned to Mumbai and started her first store Le 15 Patisserie, in March 2010.

Le 15 is a very common and popular name in Mumbai. Initially, before the opening of Le 15, Pooja started baking at home. She was only 23 when she began her journey in 2010. Today, Le 15 patisserie has 4 outlets in Mumbai. She plans on opening 2 more outlets shortly. In 2016, she also opened a Le 15 Cafe in Colaba, Mumbai. Everything at Le 15 is freshly baked by using French baking techniques. When she opened her shop, she only had a staff of two. Today, it has increased to forty two staff members.

Travelling is where Pooja finds her muse. Amidst her busy schedule, she finds time for travelling the world. When she travels, she feels the most inspired. For example, a holiday in New York led to a cheesecake week at Le 15.

Pooja Dhingra is also the author of two culinary books. First, ‘The wholesome Kitchen: Recipes to Nourish, Energize and Indulge your Soul’. And her second book is- ‘The big book of treats.’

This woman entrepreneur from India has introduced Mumbai to world class macaroons. May her clan keep growing and may there be Le 15 outlets not just in Mumbai, but all over India.

This dynamic woman is an inspiration who followed her dreams and loves what she does.

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