I love this section of my blog, because i get to share stories of interesting people that I meet through my work. I have been meaning to add more people who are passionate about what they do, and luckily, I met Shreya from ‘Scuti by Shreya’, while she was just going to drop off few desserts for me to try, I decided to meet her over a coffee instead. She is originally from Delhi, moved here post marriage and comes from a family of restaurateurs and people who love spending time over baking and feeding people new dishes.
She is in Hyderabad now and whips up some scrumptious desserts, that ooze with taste and surprise you with ingredients. Soon coming up with her own patisserie I spoke to her on how it all started.
‘Baking comes naturally to me, for as long as I can remember I have loved to bake. Raised in a family of restaurateurs who set up institutions like Blue Fox and Sky Room in Calcutta, I developed a love for food at an early age. Another factor that played a big role in my baking career was the family holidays, where we got to try various dishes from all around the world. It helped to have a family who are as much of a foodie as I am. I love to try desserts that play with unique flavors and textures and would come back from the holidays and try replicating those desserts. I completed my MBA in Marketing and worked for five years, but baking was always something I would look forward to at the end of the day. I never once regretted my decision of quitting my corporate job to pursue a degree in Patisserie and Boulangerie from Le Cordon Bleu, London. From there I went on to work with The Oberoi, Gurgaon as a Pastry Chef, where I contributed towards making desserts and breads for the daily buffet breakfast and was also part of the team that made desserts for the special Sunday brunches.
On Journey so far ‘It has been nothing short of fulfilling. From baking for my family, to now shipping my products across India, I feel like my dream is slowly turning into a reality. Of course, every day is a learning and there is still so much to do. But it’s great to see people appreciating my creations and making Scuti a part of their everyday lives and special moments.’ says Shreya
What do you offer as part of ‘Scuti by Shreya’
My brand Scuti offers desserts (which range from tarts and cakes, to multi layered desserts, tea loaves, brownies and biscotti’s), artisanal chocolates and healthy products like the Breakfast Granola and Granola Bars (which make for a great pre/post work out snack). Starting January, Scuti will also be offering a range of breads. One thing you will notice in the menu is the use of unique ingredients and exotic fruits. My two current favorites are Earl Grey and Passion fruit. Along with that I also do a lot of desserts using Hyderabad’s beautiful seasonal produce. While Scuti has a set menu which is fairly comprehensive, we also get requests for custom orders. Scuti also does dessert spreads for events and private parties, as well as hampers for festivals, weddings, baby showers, and other occasions.
Do you follow a recipe tool or experimenting works?
When it comes to baking, the right quantities, ingredients and baking temperatures are paramount. I do of course experiment when it comes to trying out new flavor combinations and textures, but for each item on my menu I have created a recipe.
Do you offer gluten free and vegan options as well?
Yes Scuti’s menu has a range of gluten free and vegan options.
What would you most likely recommend from your menu?
It’s hard to choose a favorite, but here are some of my picks: Kick start your morning with the Breakfast Granola, Indulge in Scuti’s version of the Sachertorte, and the delicious Austrian Dark Chocolate Cake, Keep those midday hunger pangs away with a range of healthy Granola Bars. Enjoy a range of Tea Cakes- the perfect accompaniment to your evening cup of tea or coffee and on a special occasion opt for Scuti’s range of Entremets (these are multi layered, multi textural desserts). My favorites are the chocolate-based Chess Board and the Mango-Passion fruit based Scuti (This was the dessert I made for my final exam in Le Cordon Bleu -there’s no way I wouldn’t put it on the menu!)
My plans are to tap into Hyderabad’s market and grow my brand. I have already started shipping many of my products across India, but the goal is to do that for the entire range. In the new future I also plan to open a state-of-the-art cafe that offers a unique experience to the customers. I don’t plan to stop there though. As they say, “sky is the limit”!
Location- Scuti – Bakery and Desserts
40, Doyens Rd, Doyens Colony, Serilingampally, Hyderabad, Telangana. 500019
Ph: 098104 04560