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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! 


Last Episode Date: 21 January 2024

Total Episodes: 37

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21 January 2024
Ranveer Brar

Today on NoSugarCoat, Pooja talks to culinary luminary and her fellow MasterChef India judge, Ranveer Brar. From his early days in the langar kitchen at 16 to achieving the title of one of India's youngest executive chefs at 26, Ranveer's culinary journey is a story of passi...

29 min
14 January 2024
Riyaaz Amlani

On this episode of NoSugarCoat, Pooja’s guest is the godfather of Mumbai’s cafe culture himself, Riyaaz Amlani. He’s the mind behind some of your favourite hangout spots like Mocha, Salt Water Cafe, Smoke House Deli and Social. Riyaaz and Pooja chat about the importanc...

36 min
7 January 2024
Gauri Devidayal

The guest on this episode of NoSugarCoat decided to take a one-year sabbatical from her tax-consulting career to go on a food adventure with her partner in 2011. It’s been twelve years and she’s still on that adventure, serving up great food at the many restaurants she...

38 min
10 December 2023
Karishma Dalal

Pooja’s guest on this episode of NoSugarCoat is her dear friend and salad queen herself, Karishma Dalal, from Bombay Salad Company. Karishma explains the concept of salads as meals, the logistical challenges of running a salad bar and how long it takes for a restaurant to ...

36 min
3 December 2023
Annie Bafna

On this episode of NoSugarCoat, Pooja talks to Annie Bafna, the fearless Founder and Head Chef of Mumbai's iconic eatery, The Nutcracker. Against the odds and without any prior F&B experience, Annie swapped a promising CA career for a culinary adventure. Discover what le...

32 min
26 November 2023
Vinesh Johny

Pooja’s guest on this week’s episode of NoSugarCoat is usually busy mentoring the next generation of great pastry chefs at the Lavonne Academy, Bangalore. Vinesh Johny founded Lavonne in 2012 with the aim of bringing world-class pastry education home to India. Where does...

32 min
19 November 2023
Anisha Oommen

On this episode, Pooja’s guest is Anisha Oommen, who quit a stable and successful job in shipping logistics to follow her true calling, writing about food! Anisha chats about food is at the root of everything - history, culture, and our social landscape and how in 2013 she...

29 min
12 November 2023
Shivesh Bhatia

On this episode of NoSugarCoat, Pooja’s guest is the internet's most beloved baker, Shivesh Bhatia. Shivesh and Pooja reminisce about his beginnings in pastry with his internship in the Le15 kitchen and chat about his current status as a social media sensation and acclaime...

30 min
5 November 2023
Yash Bhanage & Sameer Seth

On this episode of NoSugarCoat, Pooja talks to Yash Bhanage and Sameer Seth, the dynamic duo who met as students at Cornell University in 2010 and now co-own some of Mumbai's most popular eateries. In this episode, they unveil the secrets behind creating an F&B brand tha...

46 min
29 October 2023
Ritu Dalmia

On this episode of NoSugarCoat, Pooja’s guest is a true pioneer of the culinary world and the self-described ‘super bawarchi’ who paved the way for women chefs in a male-dominated industry. Ritu Dalmia is the co-founder of Diva Restaurants with locations across India, ...

43 min
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