Transform and elevate the usual through the meaningful introduction of spice, and awaken the unexpected world of possibility.
Malika Ameen is a classically trained pastry chef whose South Asian heritage sparked her love of using both sweet and savory spices in desserts. A Chicago-based pastry chef, restauranteur, and now cookbook author, Ameens’ cooking journey has taken her from fine dining restaurants in New York to running the pastry kitchen at LA’s famed Chateau Marmont where she fed Hollywood’s A-listers. Upon moving back to Chicago, Ameen opened the critically acclaimed Aigre Doux Restaurant, where her dessert creations continued to receive high praise and accolades and drew attention from locals as well as influencers including Nate Berkus and First Lady Michelle Obama. A television personality who has appeared on numerous local and national shows such as Martha Stewart and NBC’s Today Show, Ameen also participated as a cheftestant in the inaugural season of Bravo’s “Top Chef: Just Desserts.” She has been featured in various publications including The New York Times and Food & Wine.