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 Ameen's world.
With a passionate approach to flavor, encouraging language and invaluable tips Malika Ameen seeks to push spices 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 has taken her from fine dining restaurants in New York, to running the pastry kitchen at LA’s famed Chateau Marmont where she fed Hollywoods 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.