Meet Aayushi Khandelwal, she is a Graduate and Certified Pastry Chef from Lavonne Academy of Baking Science and Pastry Arts, India affiliated to City & Guilds London. When asked to whom she wants to meet she says: “Deepika (Deepika Padukone). I just Love her……..I really want to bake a cake for her someday”.
We got an opportunity to talk with her and see what she has to say. I am sure her interview with us will inspire you.
Tell us about yourself, your previous jobs/ventures? What were you doing before choosing this field?
Hi All. First of all thanks for giving me this opportunity to share my thought with the reader on this website. Well, I am Aayushi Lakkar, born and brought up in Kolkata. A Graduate and Certified Pastry Chef (from Lavonne Academy of Baking Science and Pastry Arts, India affiliated to City & Guilds London) by qualification and profession and Choreographer by hobby. I got married in Kolkata and shifted to Bangalore because of my husband occupancy. I am blessed with a baby boy who will turn 2 in May. I love to make and taste different cuisine. I am not really fond of sweets (incl chocolate, inspite of being my profession) which people find really strange in me. Chaska Box is my 1st Venture which I pursued in my career path.
How did you land up doing what you do now?
When I was thinking about my career path, at that point in time my own interest helped me in putting up loads of efforts and brought me to a place where I am today.
What motivates you?
Truly speaking I never, in my wildest dream thought that I would start something like this or will join this baking industry but because of the motivation of my husband, few close friends and family, I am where I am. They made me realize to turn my passion into profession (very few get this opportunity) and just told me one thing, “you should do what you love and you should love what you do”. I am trying hard to fulfil my dream and my husband’s expectation towards Chaska Box which motivates me every day.
How do you plan to stay ahead of your competitors?
I only compete with myself and always try to be better every day. I think if you are offering quality, people will automatically come to you and no publicity can beat the publicity of “word of mouth” which will only happen with high quality and utmost customer satisfaction.
If not the current profession, what would you have been?
Probably a Choreographer
Were your parents supportive of what you are doing? What impact have they had on your life?
My parents had been supportive and pushing me to be at the place I want to. This has really helped me as, if you have family support you can be more focused.
What are your plans for the next 2 years?
I have done diploma course from one of the most renounced institute of Bangalore, Lavonne Academy of Baking Science and Pastry Arts, India affiliated to City & Guilds London. This is one of the major step I have taken to scale up my business to get an expertise which has polished my skills and has helped me in uplifting in my career path. Next 2 years I see to open my own Cake Studio catering to all customer need and spreading the name of Chaska Box all around the place.
What does a typical day off from work consist of for you?
Generally, I don’t have one but if I get I prefer self-training with new things in Baking and spending time with my family.
Any regrets till now? If yes, will you like to share it with our readers?
Yes, the only regret is I should have started my venture little early then when I actually started it. But as rightly said its Better Late than Never.
If you were given a choice of meeting any person you want, who will be that person?
Deepika (Deepika Padukone). I just Love her……..I really want to bake a cake for her someday.
Any message that you want to send to your readers?
Only message is “do what you love and love what you do”. And obviously for satisfying your craving, order us and we will help you with mouthwatering customized confectionary items.
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