BHOPAL: AT just 25 years of age, she is a proud owner of three ventures and a partnership venture which are running successfully and has one of the best tastes of bakery products one can find and enormous varieties of chocolates. Avni Patni, a young entrepreneur, makes sure that the quality is never compromised and people get the latest in terms of taste and trends.
An architect by qualification, Avni started off four years back by learning to cook and bake. “I went to learn cooking and it was interesting. During the same time, my family was also looking for a suitable guy for me. I belong to an open-minded family but there are still uncertainties about if you’ll be able to work or not. And architect is a very demanding profession. So I thought why not I start something which can be done from kitchen itself. At that time, I was engrossed in bakery and chocolates. I wanted to work anyhow and that’s when I decided to opt for this interesting venture named 160º Chocolate Factory along with a partner. The name comes from the number of my house and since I started it from there it is named 160º.”
Four years down the lane she is now the owner of three other ventures Bakers@160º, Boxes@160º, where you get gift boxes for festivities and 160º Culinary Studio where she teaches. “I don’t have any outlet, I still work and supply my products from home”, she says adding, “I learnt the confectionery part from Delhi, Mumbai, Pune, Bengaluru and Singapore because there was nothing in Madhya Pradesh. After the initial funding of about 1.5 lakh by my father, I took baking classes and used the fee for my studio.”
Her Chocolate Studio serves 265 varieties of molded, soft center, mocktail and cocktail chocolates and that too pure vegetarian. “We use different ingredients like chickpea water and others to replace egg. And this is the USP of 160º, everything is purely vegetarian, we even serve what could not be made without egg but we make it by replacing egg with other ingredients.”
“I was fortunate because I had a family which supported me a lot. When I started I put up stalls at almost all the colleges of Bhopal and there too I received great support from students and this worked wonders for me. Since then there was no looking back and my work tops my priority. I am also proud of what I am doing because there are about 100-150 women who attended my classes at Abhivyakti and are running their own small businesses now.