Malika Ameen

Spice Expert

Malika Ameen


“Malika Ameen’s unique use of spice, fun-loving style and never-ending creativity have forever changed the way I think about dessert. With Sweet Sugar, Sultry Spice, she finally shares her delicious recipes with the world, adapted effortlessly for cooks of all levels.  Her personal stories and inspired instruction are as lovely and inviting as her baking is addictive!”—Gail Simmons, Food Expert, TV host and Author of Talking With My Mouth Full



Welcome to a world of exotic spices and flavorings from the warm embrace of clove and ginger to the fiery touch of peppercorns and chiles. It's full of the sensual kiss of cardamom, sumac and za'atar. This is Malika's world.

With a passionate approach to flavor, encouraging language and invaluable tips, Malika pushes spice beyond the realm of savory to the world of sweet. There they add a delicate touch or a surprising punch to cakes, tarts, cookies, bars, ice creams, sorbets, barks and more.

Author of Sweet Sugar, Sultry Spice: Exotic Flavors To Wake Up Your Baking (Roost 2016), Malika is a classically trained pastry chef whose South Asian heritage sparked her love of spices in desserts.

Her career began in fine dining restaurants in New York City and led her to running the pastry kitchen at LA’s famed Chateau Marmont. There she fed Hollywood's A-listers.

She later moved back to her hometown of Chicago where she opened  a critically acclaimed restaurant, loved by the likes of Nate Berkus, Michelle Obama and Bono.

Malika is a television personality, who has appeared on shows such as  The Today Show and Martha Stewart. Her work is focused on recipe developmemt, teaching, and consulting. She lives in Chicago with her children.

Instagram gets first look at what I'm dreaming up in the kitchen. Follow along: @ChefMalikaAmeen