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Meet Our Baker: The Multiplicity of Chintal

Food has always been a part of Chintal’s life. Originally from Mombasa, Kenya, Chintal sat down with us and delved into her ‘love affair’ with food that began when watching her mother and grandmother preparing traditional Gujarati dishes. Before making her own desserts at the age of 12, she was fascinated at the simplicity of turning staple ingredients into magnificent creations.

Upon moving to the UK, Chintal furthered her interests in the pages of cookbooks and TV programmes, which gave her the push to begin experimenting new recipes and flavours. From hosting dinner parties and baking for her friends and family, word of her genius spread and she eventually set up her own business. She creates bespoke, artisan Indian inspired cakes and has orders coming in from all over the world.

Today, she is living proof that being an incredible baker does not need to be rigorously taught. With no formal qualifications, her passions run limitless in the kitchen and have allowed her the freedom to explore flavours and spices to create various recipes. Claiming the coconut, lime and cardamom cake as her personal favourite, she does not allow this bias to restrict the wonderful treats she prepares for customers. Her ‘Mithai Inspired Cakes’ launched in 2014, breathing Indian culture into recreated cakes. But perhaps the most successful delicacy is her award-winning Nankhatai: a beautiful melt of classic and modern Indian flavours in a shortbread biscuit. The best part of being a baker for Chintal is having the freedom to create variety of bakes and ‘seeing the smiles on individuals faces when they bite into them.’

Chintal’s complexity is not bound to her kitchen space. Working as an Occupational Therapist in Rapid Response, Chintal visits patients at their homes, completing assessments and ensuring their safety. On top of being a full-time worker, Chintal is a full-time mother and juggles the responsibilities of a family, a business, and as a therapist for the NHS. Her days begin early as an OT and end late, working around the clock as an artisanal baker and under the clutch of time. Chintal also adamantly supports a charity called ‘Find Your Feet’ that helps families in India, Nepal, Malawi and Zimbabwe out of poverty. She dedicated her time and desserts to fundraising events and organised ‘An Evening of Flavour’ which fed 80 guests a ‘selection of Indian desserts.'

The time she puts into her products is filled with care and thought. She has experienced her own hardships at the beginning, explaining her conundrums and that, once upon a time, even made all of her cakes consistently sink in the middle. She has since perfected her extravagant cakes to fit a style known as ‘rustic with a touch of elegance.’  From great quality products handmade with love, Chintal is as compassionate in her baking as she is outside of work. As the Queen of multitasking, Chintal balances her work by planning, planning and planning! Her supportive family and great passion for her work drives her in her accomplishments. Constantly innovating and coming up with new recipes, Chintal keeps our customers on their toes with her fusions. We can’t wait to see what she comes up with next!

For now, we have to look forward to Chintal’s amazing desserts to celebrate Eid. Go over to https://www.mybaker.co/ and submit a request. From her mini shot glass desserts, to specially flavoured cupcakes and Chintal’s incredible Nankhatai, there is truly a treat for every person. Celebrate with your friends and family tastefully! 




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