RISING STAR PASTRY
AWARD SPONSORED BY
HOTCHOCOLATE | Chicago
When it comes to pastry, Chef Mindy Segal is right at home.
With 15 years of crafting sweets under her belt, Segal combines
her innate instinct for flavor combinations with her commitment
to seasonal, local and sustainable products. The result is desserts
that are truly American – each creation is rooted in time-honored
nostalgia, executed with a focus on quality, and innovative from
just the right touch of contemporary twist.
Chef Segal has clocked time at some of the most esteemed kitchens
in the country. After earning her culinary degree at Chicago’s
Kendall College, Segal landed the pastry assistant post at Ambria
working under Chef Judy Contino, whom Segal credits as her biggest
influence. She then moved on to refine her craft in the iconic kitchens
of Spago, Gordon and Charlie Trotter’s, before eventually
helping Chef Michael Kornick launch his successful River North eatery,
mk the restaurant. As mk’s head pastry chef, Segal
developed a loyal following for her desserts like One Banana Two
Banana and Cake-n-Shake, while earning numerous accolades from local
and national media.
Chef Segal’s solo venture, HOTCHOCOLATE, is the
culmination of her immersion in the culinary world. The menu is
a marriage of fresh, clever and classic dishes and is always flavor-driven.
Both savory dishes and sweet are inspired and ever-changing, right
in line with Segal herself.