We are so excited to welcome Celebrity Chef Mindy Segal at Miraval this weekend (Friday, September 13 & Saturday, September 14). When it comes to pastry, Mindy Segal is right at home. With 20 years of crafting sweets under her belt, Segal combines her innate instinct for flavor combinations with her commitment to seasonal, local, and sustainable products. The result is desserts that are truly American; each creation is rooted in time-honored nostalgia, executed with a focus on quality, and innovative from just the right touch of contemporary twist.
Chef Segal has clocked time at some of the most esteemed kitchens in the country. After earning her culinary degree at Chicago's Kendall College, Segal landed the pastry assistant post at Ambria working under Chef Judy Contino, whom Segal credits as her biggest influence. She then moved on to refine her craft in the iconic kitchens of Spago, Gordon, and Charlie Trotter's, before eventually helping Chef Michael Kornick launch his successful River North eatery, mk the restaurant. As mk's head pastry chef, Segal developed a loyal following for her desserts like One Banana Two Banana and Cake-n-Shake, while earning her numerous accolades from local and national media.
Segal opened her solo venture, HotChocolate, in the Bucktown neighborhood of Chicago in 2005. The restaurant/dessert bar is the culmination of her life in the culinary world. The sweet and savory menu is a marriage of fresh, clever and classic dishes and is always flavor-driven. HotChocolate has received stars and accolades from the start, including three stars from the Chicago Tribune's Phil Vittel and has been voted Best Dessert in Chicago by Citysearch and the Chicago Reader.
In addition to Segal's many accomplishments, she was named a StarChefs.com Rising Star in 2005 and won the Jean Banchet award for Best Celebrity Pastry Chef in Chicago, Chicago Magazine's Pastry Chef of the Year, and James Beard award nominations for Outstanding Pastry Chef in 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2011 before earning the title in 2012. She was also awarded Share Our Strength's 2009 Chef of the Year for her dedication to Taste of the Nation. Most recently, Chef Segal appeared on The Today Show, The Martha Stewart Show, The Food Network, The Cooking Channel, and First Look. Her work has been featured in O Magazine, GQ, Food & Wine, Travel + Leisure, CHOW.com, Bon Appétit, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post.
Chef Segal will be hosting a Chef's Night In Cooking Demonstration Dinner on both Friday and Saturday night, and a special Meet the Chef Luncheon on Saturday afternoon for Miraval guests. In addition to these special events, the Miraval kitchen will serve one of her signature dishes on the Cactus Flower dinner menu on both Friday and Saturday night.
Miraval guests attending one of Chef Segal's Cooking Demonstration Dinners this weekend will enjoy the delicious five-course meal below:
Grilled Cucumber and Yogurt Gazpacho
Tian of Grilled Zucchini, Squash, & Buffalo Milk Ricotta with Roasted Red Pepper Purée
Sea Bass en Papillote with Miso, Soy, Lemon Balm, Shiitake Mushrooms, & Cherry Tomato Jam
Chicken Paillard Provençal—Grilled Paillard Chicken Breast with Roma Tomatoes, Fingerling Potatoes, & Green Bean Olive Stew