Mindy Segal

Mindy Segal

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.


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.


Segal studied pastry and baking at Kendall College.

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