Mindy Segal Instagram Mindy Segal is the pastry chef, restaurateur, and cookbook author behind Mindy's Hot Chocolate in Chicago. She's the 2012 James Beard Award winner for Outstanding Pastry Chef, wrote bestseller Cookie Love, and most recently opened Mindy's Bakery in Chicago's Wicker Park. Experience Segal trained at prominent Chicago restaurants Charlie Trotter's, Ambria, Marché, and MK. She opened Mindy's Hot Chocolate in 2005, which became a beloved restaurant across the country for 15 years. In 2012, she won the James Beard Award for Outstanding Pastry Chef, and in 2015, Segal published bestselling cookbook Cookie Love.Segal converted Hot Chocolate into weekend pop-up bakeries during the pandemic, ultimately closing and reopening as Mindy's Bakery in the summer of 2022. Education Segal studied pastry and baking at Kendall College. About Food & Wine Food & Wine, a Dotdash Meredith Brand, is an award-winning online resource for anyone passionate about the culinary world. With rigorously tested recipes and the most trusted restaurant, drinks, culinary travel and home coverage, we inspire and empower people everywhere to discover, create, and devour the best in food and wine. Learn more about us and our editorial process.