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-By Akhileshwari Anand Raj  

Pooja Lakhotia is the founder of Choc-O-Lock Culinary Art. She runs exclusively eggless baking workshops and teaches various goodies. These include cakes, souffles, puddings, brownies, and even loaves of bread and doughnuts. She is one of the many women who successfully run their business while raising their children, and this is no small feat for her as she has one daughter and one newborn!

Pooja's Facebook page has over 20,000 likes and reviews from hundreds of her students have taken part in her eggless workshops. She took the plunge to make baking and chocolate making her profession, and has built her business to be a huge success that it is today. She credits her success to those who make her life easier, firstly her family, and including her helpers who help her out, as running a business from home while looking after your children is quite a hectic job.

 

1. As someone who conducts workshops and runs a successful business, how easy is it to do this with two children?

Well, Not so easy with two kids. It demands lots of energy, planning and good time management. But doing what you love is always rewarding and therefore I find joy in being able to do what I do!

 

2. How do you attain the work-life balance when you work from home?

Working from home itself makes it easier to balance both my personal and professional life. This is especially so because I have the autonomy to make my own professional decisions, always factoring in my personal life. As of now, I have put my classes and workshops on hold for some time, as my younger child needs me more. My family and helpers are very important in all this, they make it possible for me to manage everything with my kids.

 

3. Was it easy to take the plunge of turning your passion into a profession? What were the difficulties that you faced during your initial days, and was leaving your day job a challenge?

It took time for me to develop this profession. By education, I am a Professor of Commerce, but I was always interested in baking and cooking a lot. During my school days, I used to experiment every Sunday in my kitchen by looking at magazines and newspapers (as the internet was not as accessible then). After a few years of teaching commerce and working in the corporate world, I started my journey in this field as a chocolatier. Initially, I used to take orders, but later on, I just focused on training for eggless goodies as I find myself more passionate about teaching and interacting -especially given that it is my former profession.

 

4. Have you had any role model or mentor in the cooking industry who has helped you get where you are today? Did you learn techniques on your own or did you attend classes for the same?

Not really, I do not have any role model or mentor. It was my passion that was my driving force initially. As for my baking skills, I am a self-taught baker. For my chocolate making skills, I undertook a basic course from Nirali Cookery. Later on, I got an online certification from 32 Degree Studio, Mumbai.

 

5. What are a few tips that you would give to newcomers in the field, including overcoming initial challenges?

My top 4 tips would be the following

  1. Use best quality products and never compromise on quality.
  2. Inspire and help people to consume healthy treats when they can.
  3. Hire help if you need it.
  4. Don’t lose hope. It takes time to learn and be satisfied with your own skills as a home baker - it demands a lot of hard work, passion, and perfection.
 

That was Pooja Lakhotia, all uncut for you lovely bakers and fans out there. She is a true inspiration and her ideas and techniques make her stand out.

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37 comments

  • Jaya boghani
    Reply August 16, 2019 5:48 pm

    I personally have great experience learning with Pooja.. She has always been there as a support for any of my queries either for baking related or any other tips n tricks.. Always a positive attitude ✌️.. Wish you more success dear ?

  • Kavita
    Reply August 16, 2019 6:04 pm

    Congratulations Pooja!! I have attended your sessions and you are simply awesome and more importantly a very humble human being. You have a lot of positive aura around you. Wishing you lots n lots of success in all your future endeavours.

  • Mohan
    Reply August 16, 2019 7:07 pm

    Great success story. Congratulations.

  • Sudha Madhuri
    Reply August 16, 2019 7:09 pm

    Awesome..great to hear??..All the best Pooja #Great

  • Geeta Wad
    Reply August 16, 2019 7:10 pm

    I have attended few workshops which Pooja conducted…
    The workshops were amazing…
    Pooja is really very talented and teaches with minute details
    I wish her all the best for her future workshops
    Enjoy your motherhood Pooja!!

  • Karthika
    Reply August 16, 2019 7:12 pm

    Good supporter all woman’s who had interest in cooking and very helping to others

  • Mishita bansal
    Reply August 16, 2019 7:13 pm

    Hello Mam..its awesome to know about u.. got much inspired by ur words and ur life.. alll the best mam…?

  • Aparna Ravulavaru
    Reply August 16, 2019 7:31 pm

    That’s an inspiring story from a Professor to a Baker!! Kudos to you!! I have attended your sessions and I must tell you that you are a great teacher. Hoping to attend many more sessions of yours soon. Take care.Cheers!!

  • Tina
    Reply August 16, 2019 7:38 pm

    Pooja classes are very organised .best part is she takes weekend classes as well whc is grt deal for corp employees who love too cook..I learnt chocolate making basic course from Pooja.
    Abt Pooja she is very friendly person and sshe advice u product and supplier as well?

  • Suchitra.
    Reply August 16, 2019 7:39 pm

    Congratulations pooja!! Really great achievement.God bless you.

  • Tina
    Reply August 16, 2019 7:41 pm

    Pooja classes are very organised .best part is she takes weekend classes as well whc is grt deal for corp employees who love too cook..I learnt chocolate making basic course from Pooja.Abt Pooja she is very friendly person and she advice u product and supplier as well

  • Tina hassan
    Reply August 16, 2019 7:43 pm

    Pooja classes are very organised .best part is she takes weekend classes as well whc is grt deal for corp employees who love too cook..I learnt chocolate making basic course from Pooja.Abt Pooja she is very friendly person and she advice u product and supplier as well

  • Sree Leakha
    Reply August 16, 2019 7:50 pm

    I have attended few classes… the way she explains is very clear, she is approachable if we have any queries.. eagarly awaiting for her next sessions. Wishing you success in all your future endeavours.

  • geetha
    Reply August 16, 2019 8:08 pm

    Congratulations mam.All d best…..

  • Sobhana
    Reply August 16, 2019 8:11 pm

    Congratulations pooja !! U deserve an applause first ?.i learned baking from her . when i bake cakes at home ,and when i get compliments from kids ,i just fly for couple of seconds.Achieving some thing we love is the real happiness . thank you pooja ,u taught me very politely and easily understandable techniques regarding baking …

  • Pranali bangad
    Reply August 16, 2019 8:24 pm

    Congratulations Pooja I wish u all the best for ur Future and I personally want to learn a lot from u waiting for ur next session to be held

  • Archana kodali
    Reply August 16, 2019 9:11 pm

    Congratulations Pooja… I’ve attended eggless cakes workshop… She has lots of experience and patience… Hats off

  • Deepthi
    Reply August 16, 2019 9:50 pm

    You are a great inspiration to many of us Pooja. I have attended your classes and I can say you are just too good at it. You are such a sweet and modest person. Keep rocking..

  • Prasuna Jana
    Reply August 16, 2019 10:41 pm

    Congrats Pooja! She is such a wonderful teacher with full of energy, patience, knowledge of science behind baking , teaching technices. I personally attended 3 different course classes. Her reciepes r awesome…..All the best Pooja . May god fulfil all ur dreams!!!

  • Divya
    Reply August 16, 2019 10:47 pm

    Congratulations Pooja .i learnt chacolate bokey packings I like your way of teaching

  • Himabindu
    Reply August 16, 2019 10:52 pm

    Pooja’s sessions are awesome and well planned!! I attended chocolate making sessions and she’s too good!!!

  • slalitha
    Reply August 16, 2019 10:55 pm

    I attend one section for piojas class.she is awesome.am learning lot from her she is very patient and humble All the best for ur future and wish many achievements ???

  • Nischala
    Reply August 17, 2019 5:14 am

    Pooja is an amazing chef and awesome trainer with lots of patience. She is very sweet, kind and down to earth. I wish success in all her future endeavors. ?

  • Swati Rathi
    Reply August 17, 2019 7:40 am

    Pooja .. one of the best teachers that one can find .. Pooja I still remember the day when I flew from UK and requested you to teach me Culinary. I wish you all the very best for your future endeavours .. wish u could run your internaltional operations as well 🙂
    Keep in touch and keep sharing your amazing posts
    XoXo

  • manisha soin
    Reply August 17, 2019 8:37 am

    eggless bakings best teacher and very friendly teaching?hv done all her classes ! n recipes r no fail ! thanks pooja ?
    many congratulations! hope for more learning frm u !

  • dhanalaxmi N
    Reply August 17, 2019 10:37 am

    Congratulations ? Pooja ji
    I have attended her eggless cake baking class she taught us so nicely and politely. Also guided with small small techniques and tips. Thank you

  • Sanju Jaiswal
    Reply August 17, 2019 12:00 pm

    Congratulations!
    I have attended many classes of her and to be honest she is the best teacher who with her innovative techniques makes the work easy and interesting. ??

  • Sanju Jaiswal
    Reply August 17, 2019 12:04 pm

    Congratulations!
    She is a amazing teacher who clears all ur doubts and makes the work easy and fun loving.

  • Subeena
    Reply August 17, 2019 12:50 pm

    I have attended poojas baking sessions she is simply awesome n very supportive. Congratulations and all the best

  • Bhavani. K
    Reply August 17, 2019 4:27 pm

    Congratulations Pooja… I attended her sessions.. she is very polite and talented…. she has lot of patience with amazing skills…. her teaching method is excellent and I learnt different varieties of breads from her and tried many…. Thank you Pooja and all the very best dear

  • Ameeta Karnani
    Reply August 18, 2019 11:00 am

    Learning bread baking and brownie baking from Pooja was such a pleasure!!
    Her clear instructions and attention to detail made this overwhelming science look easy peasy…A teacher par excellence and a genuinely wonderful human being!!
    Wish you joy and success always!!

  • Geeta Wad
    Reply August 18, 2019 3:07 pm

    Heartiest congratulations dear Pooja??????
    I have attended few of Pooja’s workshops and they are simply amazing!!!
    I wish her all the very best??

  • Rekha
    Reply August 18, 2019 9:08 pm

    Hearty congratulations ? Pooja.
    I’ve attended all workshops conducted by Pooja. She is very patient and allows us to do hands on practice in the class itself. Her tips and tricks on baking are most useful.

  • Pranita Mathur
    Reply August 19, 2019 11:30 am

    Feels so good to read this article.

    Hearty Congratulations Ma’am!

    With that warm smile on the face and humble nature, it is because of you Ma’am that a complete beginner with zero knowledge of baking now is always eager to bake.

    The classes that I attended a few years ago, were so practical and hands on that each one gets a chance to participate. Of all the little baking that I do now, I owe it to you!
    Thanks for everything and all the very best!
    ( I look forward to learning Macarons 🙂 )

  • Rekha
    Reply August 19, 2019 5:48 pm

    Congratulations pooja ji I attended 3-4 classes it was very excellent experience ,u ar very humble while teaching thank you

  • Anju Jain
    Reply August 19, 2019 8:41 pm

    Pooja is a very clean hearted-devoted and mild person,have learnt so much from her and enhanced my techniques and skills,always want to go back to her and update myself,am sure she will attain success and fame at international level:Pooja waiting for your workshops eagerly

  • Deepti Singh Bawankule
    Reply August 19, 2019 9:10 pm

    Congrats pooja mam???
    I have attended few workshop by Pooja mam…she is amazing mentor and she always put lots of efforts in classes and always ready to help u …

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