The Origin Story
No Mad Baker is the brainchild of Varun and Regina who started this endeavor as a home run business in 2013. After graduating from college, Varun moved to Ahmedabad in order to attend a baking and patisserie course with Regina; imagine their surprise when they discovered that the course simply did not exist! “website pe to kuch bhi likh rakha he, vo course toh pichle chaar saal se nai he”
After a few days of binge watching Newsroom, they realized that they had to do something before their minds would explode. Regina’s brother came up with the idea of selling sandwiches to the tea shops outside his college in Gandhinagar. They would travel over 60km a day from one end of town to the other delivering chicken and coleslaw sandwiches, cheese sandwiches and their signature curry buns. They started from one tea stall and were soon delivering to 5! Unfortunately, Varun’s 2004 Activa soon said no, and they had to think of Plan B!
What followed was close to a year of trial and error, ranging from a dhaba outside the Vodafone Call Center selling burgers and stir fried sausages, to walking the roads with boxes of baked goods and asking strangers if they would like a bite to eat, to a stall at IIM, a stint on an Indian cooking show, to finally chancing upon pizza!
What was just a casual gathering of friends, turned into an actual tasting session; and after a few weeks of tweaking their recipes; the amazing No Mad Baker Pizza was born in 2014!
Rohan was their first guest ever, (can’t count forcing Regina’s mom to order as the first guest!); and they soon became friends. A couple of weeks later; he was knighted by Varun as a No Mad Baker! Fast-forward to 2019, we now have a take-away and home delivery store in Vastrapur; and our first franchise in South Bopal!
Originally from Ahmedabad, Regina has a passion for sewing, cooking and gardening. She is pretty good at the first two, and very persistent with the third. Try as she may, her poor plants always find a way to wilt away; she finally has a new crop of bhindi so hopefully we can edit this soon! Known for her loud laugh, and insistence on good manners; Regina is an absolute magician when it comes to baking anything sweet, best of luck trying to get her to bake something for you! (extremely moody baker)
Although from Hyderabad; Varun now considers Ahmedabad home! He is a bit of a geek, a bit of a jock and a bit of a clown. His creepy and strange faces are now famous; and we are certain people will soon be lining up for the ‘Varun is a Clown’ show! Little known facts; he helps Regina with her sewing, loves gossip and has had formal training in playing the piano; though he wooed Regina in his long-hair-guitar-playing-rockstar phase! Varun loves cooking with meat, dreams of being a pro Rocket League player; and opening a butcher shop.
Born and brought up in Anand, Rohan has the most incredible collection of Hot Wheels! He has an obsession with Superman, and makes a mean Butter Chicken! Academically a lawyer, Rohan found his passion in food early on and went on to create one of the best virtual food communities – Foodaholics in Ahmedabad. It is through this group that he discovered No Mad Baker and soon came on board as a partner. Fun fact, Rohan is an absolute hoot and has even dabbled in some stand-up comedy!
Fondly known as Jitu, he is originally from Rajasthan and has been working in the Ahmedabad food industry for over 10 years. Jitu originally joined our team as a manager, and after 4 years of blood, sweat and tears; he now has a franchise of his own! Jitu has a love for mutton curry, and an obsession with making a chocolate pizza (with close to inedible results; the trials continue). He also enjoys taking pictures of himself and losing his keys.
Originally from Chennai, Abhishek is a whiz when it comes to translating our ideas into a visual! He enjoys music, video games and dropping food on himself! He even managed to spill ice-cream on himself while eating from a cup! A true obsession with chai, he can drink upto 10 cups in one sitting; Abhishek is the best hug giver and the worst hand-shaker!