"Baking Professionally Helped Me Learn a Lot of New Things" - Tanya Mehra

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1. Tell us about your background and journey.

So I’m based in Faridabad. Currently in my final year BBA from IP university. I’ve been baking for fun since I was a kid, and my plan was to do an MBA afterwards, but I realised my passion and love for baking and seeing people smiling after they had my desserts and that’s when I planned on starting playdough. It was when people in my society started liking my cookies and that gave me the idea of starting up a business.

2. What led you to take up this career path?

I was feeling lost and a little bit out of place when I was doing BBA or preparing for CAT. It was out of the blue, I realised how much I loved baking and I started considering it to be something I want to do professionally.

3. What does your typical day look like?

If you ask anyone who knows me, they’ll tell you that I’m always baking/cooking something or the other. I just love spending time in the kitchen and experimenting things.

4. Does anyone's approach change while baking professionally or at home?

For me, no! not really. I bake with the same passion and love as I used to bake for my family. Baking professionally helped me learn a lot of new things and helped me expand my knowledge.

5. Is there a dish you particularly associate yourself with?

I associate myself with a choco lava cake. I feel when I’m working and when I’m in the kitchen, I’m this strong person (just like the outer layer of the cake) who can handle and do everything, but from the inside there are so many things going on and I’m always hoping to make the customer happy (just like the soft chocolate inside).

6. Can baking be learnt at culinary school or natural talent is required?

I think you should have a passion for baking, rest it can be learnt and interest can be developed if you really want to learn. I am a home baker right now and after giving it a thought and choosing it as a career path, I have joined a culinary school that’ll start in September (hopefully) to brush up my skills.

7. Which is your favourite book and why?

I am not much of a reader. But I read “Baking a Dream- Theobroma story” which is a lovely book and it gives insights into how to start your own baking business. I really took a lot of inspiration from it and it’s a lovely book.

Interview by - Kriti

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