Hey! I’m Vidushi and I work as Legal and Operations Intern at Le15 Patisserie. Ever since I’ve joined Le15, I’ve been inundated with requests and questions on Instagram asking about the application process, the work and the experience. So here I am, laying it all out for you!

Let me start with the ‘Why’ of it all. Why the food industry and Why Le15? If anyone knows me, they will be extremely confused with this choice of mine.  You know how when there’s one doctor in the family, everyone else tends to be a doctor? Well, that’s my family, but here, we become lawyers. Even my choice of studies is management and law. But my love affair with the culinary arts goes back to when I was 3 years old, and was such a handful that my mom used to make me sit on the kitchen slab while she cooked, just to keep an eye on me. Once I grew too old and big to sit on that slab, I started experimenting in the kitchen.  When the time came for me to start interning, I decided to apply in the hospitality field, where I can merge business and passion. But the question now was ‘Where?’. This was easy, because all I had to do was think of places I love to eat at, and Le15 was at the top of my list.

My first piece of advice? Don’t call. Just don’t call and check for vacancies. You will always be redirected to send an email to the Human Resources department, which in this case was hr@le15.com (Saved you a step. Go apply guys!). I sent my CV and Cover Letter, and then promptly put it at the back of my mind, confident that I wasn’t going to hear back anyhow. I was so wrong. I was called in for an interview within a few weeks, and after a couple of interviews, I was hired. The entire process was so quick, it felt slightly surreal.

At first, I was formal with everyone, because that’s how I’d been taught to behave in legal offices. It took a while to unlearn this, and be myself around everyone. I was obviously nervous of how well I would be received, whether I’d be up to the mark, if my work would be appreciated and whether I would feel left out, but these were all unnecessary fears. From the first day itself, the team made space for me, accommodated me in their plans and helped me out whenever I had any questions.

I’m going to be honest, it’s hard work. Being in a hospitality, consumer centric industry is very demanding. I quickly realised there are a lot of processes taking place simultaneously to ensure that each consumer gets exactly what they want or wish. The work is directly proportional to the changing consumer trends and desires, and it’s always unpredictable. One day I could be working on legal compliance, licenses, agreements, and the next I would be focusing on market research and making a million calls to procure materials. Everyone has to work together and in sync, or it can all easily fall apart. Being a relatively small team, we’re all expected to pitch in wherever required, and that could mean having to work on projects which are out of your skill set. Though I can’t talk about my work in detail, over the past three months, I have made reports, analysed data, conducted market and product research, bettered my designing skills, learnt to concisely convert data into graphs, created and vetted agreements, and even contributed some time in the kitchen!

But all that work is not for nothing. I have had the opportunity to work alongside some of the best minds in the field, and pick their brains about everything the sun touches. This team has made me realize that nothing bonds people more than food. It started with bonding over lunch and snacks, and then started the food walks around Mumbai. I have had more good food in the past 3 months than ever. Being the youngest member of the team, I received my first nickname ‘chintern’, short for ‘chintu intern’. That’s when I truly became a part of the team!

My learning has been truly exponential, from developing my culinary interests, working on my people skills to learning how to manage a better work life balance. I am happy I took that leap of faith, and hope you guys do it too! Believe me; the reality is always better than the fantasy!

Are you interning somewhere or would like to intern? Share your experiences or ask your question! 🙂

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Comments (12)

    • Kia

    • May 31, 2019 at 21:13 pm

    Hey..Vidushi…The Chintern !!
    Heart of a Chef n brains of Lawyer.. interesting to know about your experiences
    Now..we know …what were you up to ..these 3 months ..
    😍 ..Great to know ..that you loved your job…
    All the best Dear

    • Mama

    • May 31, 2019 at 22:15 pm

    Very concise and full of information…. All the best my bitiya.

    • Trishla

    • June 5, 2019 at 17:23 pm

    Hi Vidushi. I had Emailed my cover letter and cv to Devika, who had put out a post on Instagram which said they’re looking for someone for business development. Have followed up, but haven’t received a reply, positive or negative. Can you tell me how else can I reach out ?

    1. Hey Trishla! Due to the amount of applications we receive, sometimes a few fall through the cracks. But we would love to hear from you again! Please send us your CV and Cover Letter to hr@le15.com, and we’ll ensure someone gets back to you.

    • Utkarsh dubey

    • June 5, 2019 at 17:25 pm

    I want to do a month internship in kitchen department.
    I am utkarsh Dubey and I am 20 years old . I have done my graduation from culinary academy of india . I have been for this opportunity from last one year. I have already sent a mail to the hr. Plz help me

    1. Hey Utkarsh! Unfortunately, due to the number of applications we receive, a few fall through the cracks. Additionally, we don’t always have the necessary positions vacant for all qualifications. But it’s been great to hear from you! Please send us your CV and Cover Letter to hr@le15.com, and we’ll ensure someone gets back to you.

    • Shreya

    • June 5, 2019 at 19:36 pm

    Very well written. Being in a consumer centric industry for a Lawyer can seem like a totally different road but trust me, it leads to a place where you ultimately end up knowing a lot more than you thought (from my own book of experiences 😉)

    • Sarvesh Naik

    • June 5, 2019 at 19:54 pm

    I’m a hotel management student studying at IHM Mumbai. I recently completed my First Year. I’ve Saturday Sunday off at college. So i wished to work somewhere on weekends. There are various reasons as to why I wish to work at Le15. When i chose to pursue hotel management, it was my dream to start a cafe and Le 15 café is one of the best cafés around.In the times that I have visited your café, the staff was really helpful and nice, which shows that these qualities are imbibed with them along with their skills of the trade.My favourite subject is bakery and pastry, but in college we can only practically make some basic stuff due to syllabus related restrictions.
    Plus your café makes some really nice cakes, cupcakes and macaroons.
    I am an avid follower of your Instagram page and I really like what the company does. So i just wanted to ask if i could work at Le15 on weekends. I don’t expect them to pay me, i just want to gain some knowledge, experience and be productive rather than spending my weekend lying in bed the whole day. Hope to hear back from you soon.

    1. Hey Sarvesh! Great to hear from you! Please send us your CV and Cover Letter to hr@le15.com, and we’ll ensure someone gets back to you.

    • Prakrati Motwani

    • June 5, 2019 at 20:57 pm

    What qualifications are required to intern in le15 kitchen?

    • Urvi

    • June 6, 2019 at 00:12 am

    You’re amazing, Vidushi! ♥️ Thank you so much for pouring your heart out in the form of this blog post. 🤗 It was really insightful and interesting,
    absolutely loved reading it.
    All the very best for your future! I’m sure great things lie ahead. ✨

    • Harshada

    • June 6, 2019 at 15:04 pm

    How well have you put them out- your thoughts?!! beautiful words!

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