Food For Thought: 'Baking A Dream' Captures Theobroma's Journey Of Being Home Caterers To A Multi Million Dollar Venture

Published by Harper Collins India, 'Baking A Dream' by Theobrama's founders Kainaz and Tina Messman tells a story about this food obsessed Parsi family ventured out to become a celebrated name in the F&B industry.

Food For Thought: 'Baking A Dream' Captures Theobroma's Journey Of Being Home Caterers To A Multi Million Dollar Venture

Anyone who’s tried Theobroma’s delicacies knows that they are always in for a treat at the outlet. What most people don’t know is that the recipe was born in a small Colaba kitchen, on a neighbour’s request. 'Baking a Dream' is the story of a ‘food-obsessed’ family that made their culinary dreams come true.

Founders Kainaz and Tina Messman tell the story of how their ambitious and slightly eccentric Parsi family grew a home-catering business into a multi-million dollar venture. It is a story of how a close-knit family made their culinary dreams come true. 

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Kainaz Messman and Tina Messman are the alumnae of the Institute of Hotel Management (IHM) and the Oberoi Centre of Learning and Development in Delhi. Kainaz was a pastry chef at the Oberoi Udaivilas in Udaipur before starting Theobroma. Tina is a member of The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India and has worked at KPMG and Newedge in London.  

Talking about the journey, Kainaz Messman said, "I became a chef by choice, but my family made me an entrepreneur. They believed that they gave me a nudge in that direction, but it was a big push in reality." 

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Talking about the book CEO and MD of Impresario Entertainment and Hospitality Riyaaz Amlani said, " In this book, Kainaz and Tina give us their secret weapon- their family -to build a successful brand."  

From a single café with just four tables, Theobroma has today expanded into a chain of 50 outlets across the country. Sharing their stumbles and successes, the Messman sisters offer a no-holds-barred look at the challenges of working with family and offer tips on how to turn a passion for baking into a profitable career. The book also serves as a guide to other entrepreneurs looking to scale their ventures.

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