Chef Mindy Segal
Mindy Segal is a pastry guru, specializing in contemporary American cuisine. Named Chicago magazines "Best Pastry Chef in Chicago," Segal exhibits a mastery of classic cooking techniques and use of local organic ingredients. She has dazzled Chicago diners with her inspired interpretations of timeless American desserts for several years, receiving critical acclaim from the New York Times, the Chicago Sun-Times and Conde Nast Traveler.
Segal's culinary professional positions placed her in some of the most highly regarded kitchens in the country. After graduating from Kendall College, Segal took her first cooking position as pastry assistant at Chicago's acclaimed Ambria with the talented Pastry Chef Judy Contino. Segal credits Contino as her biggest influence. Segal went on to serve as pastry chef at Metropolis 1800, Gordon and Charlie Trotter's, where she further developed her pastry skills.
Segal also served as pastry chef at Marché, where she worked closely with acclaimed chef Michael Kornick. It was a match made in heaven, and Segal later became Kornick's Pastry Chef at mk, his signature restaurant in the gallery area of Chicago. Segal as developed numerous dessert menus for other local Chicago restaurants as well, including Mia Francesca, Harvest on Huron, Thyme and Spago.
After finding so much success working in some of Chicago's finest restaurants, Segal decided it was time to stretch her wings. She opened her own restaurant, HOTCHOCOLATE, on North Damen Avenue in the heart of Chicago's thriving Bucktown neighborhood, in 2005. HOTCHOCOLATE not only offers desserts Segal made famous at mk, but also a full menu of new creations incorporating 'modern' ideas with traditional themes.
Segal's pastry career may be legendary, but HOTCHOCOLATE marks a new chapter in her professional life. We applaud her new-found success.