Bittersweet Pastry Shop & Cafe
Contino took her first cooking position in 1983 as an assistant Pastry Chef at Ambria. She then moved on to become the Pastry Chef at Printer’s Row. Only to return to Ambria in 1986 as there head pastry chef; and became part of the team that won Ambria a coveted Four Star rating. In 1992, after a few years as Lettuce Entertain You’s corporate pastry chef ; it was time for her to make a move and start her own success with Bittersweet Pastry Shop and Café. Bittersweet specializes in the exquisite modeling of the Baker’s Art. Judy Contino whom started as a self taught baker, was then named “Women Pastry Chef of the Year” in 1992; and New Women’s Magazine’s top ten Women cooks in 1996. Bittersweet has now been open 16 years and has been named “Best of Chicago” pastry shop, in Chicago Magazine. With a business that continues to grow with the year’s, and is always flourishing with new ideas from Contino’s creative imagination. Judy Contino has showed us that she is truly doing just was she meant to do.