Welcome back to another installment of Chicago Sweet Treat’s “Sweetheart of the Week!”
This week we have Chef Partner Yasmin Gutierrez.
Gutierrez studied Culinary Arts at the Illinois Institute of Art, and quickly realized her passion was in pastry. Looking to gain more experience, she became an intern at the Bittersweet Bakery on the north side of Chicago where she perfected her cookie decorating techniques and learned about traditional, American pastries.
In 2005, Yasmin joined Lettuce Entertain You as a pastry cook at Foodlife in Water Tower Place while also finishing school. Just two years later, Yasmin was promoted to pastry chef, where she also oversaw the pastry programs at both Mity Nice Bar & Grill and Foodease. In 2010, Yasmin furthered her education and pastry knowledge by attending The French Pastry School.
Gutierrez says that one kitchen tool she cannot live without is her bowl scraper, and that her favorite sweet treat is anything chocolate, specifically a traditional chocolate chip cookie.
Three years later, Yasmin led the pastry team in the opening of Beatrix River North. She was instrumental in developing the bakery program and menu. In 2015, she was promoted to Executive Pastry Chef and most recently was named Associate Partner. Yasmin now oversees the pastry program at all three Beatrix locations, Beatrix Market, Foodlife, Foodease and Mity Nice Bar & Grill.
Her specialties include cupcake creation and design, coffee cakes and birthday cakes.
Gutierrez says that at Sacred Grounds, the bakery and cafe within Water Tower Place’s Foodlife, the cupcakes are always a smash hit with customers.
“I am so lucky and proud to say that we have such a large variety of pastries, cupcakes and cookie options at Sacred Grounds, and we are able to switch things out throughout the season,” says Gutierrez. “I’m always looking for new recipes and unique ideas to incorporate in our menus so I’m excited to see what’s next!
Outside of the bakery, Gutierrez enjoys spending time with her family, traveling and playing soccer.
Have the sweetest day!