When our team sees talent and an opportunity to grow a business from within, especially one that services our restaurant ecosystem, they move on it – and that is how Aya Pastry was born.
Our award-winning pastry chef, Aya Fukai developed her incredible reputation at RIA, Sixteen and most recently at Maple & Ash Chicago where she was named Pastry Chef of the Year in the Critic’s Choice Dining Awards by the Chicago Tribune. With a vision to start her own pastry company to service the restaurant and hotel industry, the leadership at What If Syndicate sat down with her and built a plan to open up a bakery and start selling products. They found the right real estate, built a production kitchen and launched the bread and pastry company giving Aya the reins to own and run the business.
Her mission: to support Chicago restaurants, hotels and patrons by providing an extensive bread and pastry program unmatched by other bakeries. Along with her wholesale business which caters to more than 40 accounts, her West Town storefront with craveable treats is open to the public daily. Two years in and the business continues to grow and build a cult-like following in Chicago.