Malika Ameen is a classically trained pastry chef whose South Asian heritage sparked her love of spices—sweet and savory—in desserts. Her cooking journey has taken her from the East Coast to the West Coast and back to her home in the Midwest. As pastry chef at the legendary hotel Chateau Marmont in Los Angeles, she earned accolades for desserts like her walnut cardamom snowball cookies and her sticky toffee pudding, which she brought with her to her hometown of Chicago, where she opened the acclaimed restaurant Aigre Doux. Malika starred on Bravo’s Top Chef: Just Desserts and frequently appears on local and national television. She is currently a culinary consultant and custom-order pastry chef. She lives in Chicago with her children.