Sreemoyee Chattopadhyay is a creative, young baking artist from the City of Joy, Kolkata. When she was born, her parents named her Cookie. The nickname turned out to be quite appropriate for her. Since her childhood days, she grew up seeing her Mother and Grandmother baking cakes. This eventually ignited her interest in baking. After her graduation, Sreemoyee decided to take up baking as her profession. To learn the tips and techniques used in baking she got herself enrolled in a Craft Bakery Course at IHM Dadar, Mumbai. In June 2013, she hosted the first exhibition of her home baking venture Cookie’s. The journey since then has remained quite successful. Today, we have Sremoyee with us in this session to share her story.
Hi Sreemoyee, glad to have you with us today in this session at conflatingVisions. To begin with, tell us a few lines about you.
Significantly I was named Cookie right after my birth. I have to thank my Mother for that as it turned out that there couldn’t have been a more appropriate nickname for me. I have always enjoyed baking but since I was interested only in baking per say, my parents discouraged me from pursuing hotel management. They negotiated with me that I should complete a regular graduation first and then if my passion persists I can pursue it later. The passion continued. Subsequently, I enrolled myself for the Craft Bakery Course at IHM Dadar, Mumbai. That was the actual beginning of my journey.
What inspires you to bake cakes? When did you first baked something?
I have grown up seeing my Mother and Grandmother baking basic cakes and puddings at home and I often helped them with the process. Subsequently, I got hooked onto it myself.
Tell us about your venture Cookie’s.
My family and my friends were always inspiring me to try out new recipes. They were generally very appreciative of all that I could rustle up for them. My friends suggested that I should take it up more seriously. At first, close friends or relatives would give me an order for a cake or maybe twenty servings of chocolate mousse. Gradually the word started going around and I got more orders.
What are your signature items?
Dark Chocolate & Walnut Brownies, Mishti Doi Cheesecake with Bnode Topping, Wine Balls, Blueberry Cheesecake, Nutty Loaf, Chocolate Truffle Cake, Peanut Butter & Chocolate Biscuit Tart, Pineapple Upside-Down, Mango Cake, Fruit Cake, Tiramisu Truffles, Chocolate Chip Cookies, Paan Ice Cream, Nolen Gur Mousse, Silk Pudding, Eggless Butter Cake, Chocolates and many more.
How do you keep your creativities refreshing every time?
Quite frequently I keep trying out new recipes, experimenting with flavours and textures. I follow a lot of online recipes. I exchange notes with my co-bakers from IHM who are pursuing this profession elsewhere in the country. Whenever I am travelling overseas, I make it a point to try out newer items and also try to find out the recipes.
Sreemoyee, how is the journey so far for you?
The Bake Sales have always been very very encouraging because everything gets sold in no time. The private order scenario has its ups and downs. A whole week may go by without a single order and there maybe a single day where I have to cope with four or more orders. The journey so far has been quite enjoyable and exciting.
Narrate some of your success stories.
Singlehandedly being able to manage a party order for individual dessert servings for up to 100 heads has definitely been a challenge which ultimately boosted my confidence to a very large extent.
What keeps you motivated?
My Mother and everyone at home and close friends and my 2-year-old nephew who always gives me company in the kitchen.
Tell us about your future plans for Cookie’s.
I have still not given it much thought. Currently, I am concentrating on building up a small manageable and regular client base. I have had queries about hosting baking classes as well as about opening an outlet. But these are decisions which have to be taken after a lot of thought. Subsequently, I hope to be in a position where I would know my mind and therefore would be able to take specific decisions, maybe run a small outlet for my regular clients as well as offer some regular courses for baking which is much in demand in Kolkata.
And Sreemoyee, one last question of this session, if you have had one wish…
To make sure that Cookie’s becomes popular and I get to bake and make newer and more exciting recipes over the coming years.