Sweet ob­ses­sion Pri­tika Sen, 23, Pastry Chef and Res­ta­raun­teer

India Today - - COVER STORY - Pho­to­graph by SUBIR HALDER

Her story may sound like its straight out of Ju­nior MasterChef. While it isn’t un­com­mon for chil­dren to try their hand at bak­ing, how many young­sters do you know who can train an en­tire ho­tel staff in bak­ing at the age of 17? Pri­tika Sen, started bak­ing when she was just a seven-year-old. Bak­ing cakes and cater­ing to pri­vate or­ders soon be­came a suc­cess­ful hobby. “I be­gan bak­ing with my grand­mother. I used to take up stalls at the school fete, stay up all night and bake. My stuff used to sell out in a day,” she says. Her cakes and cook­ies soon be­came a rage in the city. One of her reg­u­lar buy­ers was the owner of May­fair Group of Ho­tels. “I was asked to go and train the staff in pastry mak­ing while I was still in school,” she says. In 2010, when most of her class­mates were study­ing in col­lege, Sen de­cide to go to work at the ho­tel to learn the ropes of the trade and teach bak­ing. Sen fig­ured she needed work ex­pe­ri­ence be­fore go­ing to study at the Le Cor­don Blue, Paris. A year later, she went to Paris and signed up for a di­ploma in pat­tis­erie and bak­ery. Af­ter com­ing back from Paris, she took just six months to open her 42-seater bak­ery Caramelle in Beckbagan in 2013. “I was lit­er­ally here from dawn to mid­night,” she says. Less than a year old, her joint has al­ready been ad­judged as one of the eater­ies serv­ing the best con­ti­nen­tal food by var­i­ous food guides, and her desserts are lit­er­ally sell­ing like hot cakes!

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