Monday, September 14, 2015

Bittersweet Pastry Shop's Judy Contino Announces New Managing Partners

Chef Mindy Gohr and Esther Griego to assume management of Chicago landmark

Gohr and Griego will continue to serve Bittersweet's fiercely loyal customer base with their longstanding popular pastries while also introducing some new and exciting creations.
Judy Contino, 2015 James Beard Outstanding Baker Award nominee and founder of Bittersweet Pastry Shop, today announced the addition of new managing partners Mindy Gohr and Esther Griego. Gohr and Griego will assume the responsibility for all day-to-day operations at Bittersweet, while Contino will remain as a partner and guiding influence on the pastry shop.
"I couldn't be more excited to pass the torch to these two incredibly talented women," Contino said. "I am confident that with their enthusiasm and passion, Mindy and Esther will ensure that Bittersweet's quality and consistency endures for generations to come."
Mindy Gohr began her career at Bittersweet in 2005 under Contino's tutelage, and has been the pastry chef since 2011. Known for her distinctive and unique cake designs, Gohr will continue to uphold the quality and long tradition of excellence for which the pastry shop is known. Esther Griego, who is Contino's niece, brings more than 12 years of experience in marketing, management and hospitality to the role. Griego will focus on enhancing Bittersweet's retail operations, expanding the pastry shop's cafe offerings, and developing the brand's regional and digital presence.
"I'm incredibly grateful for all that Judy has taught me over the past decade," Gohr said.  "She's helped to shape me as a chef, and I look forward to applying everything I've learned when creating new and delicious pastries for our patrons."
Bittersweet Pastry Shop has been a beloved institution in Chicago's Lakeview neighborhood for nearly 25 years. Gohr and Griego will continue to serve Bittersweet's fiercely loyal customer base with their longstanding popular pastries while also introducing some new and exciting creations.
About Bittersweet Pastry ShopLocated at 1114 West Belmont Avenue, Bittersweet is Chicago's premier European-style pastry shop and cafe, serving extraordinary confections and custom-built cakes for every occasion. Founded by award-winning pastry chef Judy Contino in 1992, Bittersweet sets the standard for fine pastries in Chicago. Find us on Facebook.

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