The parent company of SugarChef, The Gardens of Bagatelle, is inspired by the sensations, aromas, and beauty of nature. Always excelling in beauty, creativity, and quality, each gourmet creation is adapted to the specific requests of our customers to elevate special occasions of any type.
Masterpieces of design and taste, our cakes are works of art from the inside out, made not only with passion but with earned insight, expert methods, and traditional manners of baking passed down to us through generations of skilled artisans. As a result, our creations are chic and elegant in appearance yet perfectly executed in flavor and style.
THE GARDENS OF BAGATELLE
SugarChef is now under the umbrella of The Gardens of Bagatelle, a baking company inspired by the famous botanical garden of Paris. Parc de Bagatelle, located at the Bois de Boulogne, dates to 1774 but today is best known for hosting an international competition of roses each June. The gardens are abundant with the floral aromas of hyacinths, daffodils, narcissus, and roses-nature groomed to its finest, a source of inspiration for all of our cakes, confections, and other creations. Accordingly, Lancôme's fragrance Jardins De Bagatelle, a celebration of the bouquet of scents exuded by the gardens, is the treasured signature parfum of our cake designer.
Bagatelle also refers to Le Bagatelle, or Fraisier, a fine strawberry cake created by celebrated French pastry chef Gaston Lenôtre in 1966. The romantic marriage of sponge cake, vanilla cream, and fresh strawberries announces the arrival of spring and is one of the most classic cakes in the French culinary tradition.
The Cake Ladies
Artists by blood, mother-daughter duo Marie and Leah are French-American culinary artisans, trained and highly skilled in the art of baking and cake decoration. Creative and professional, Marie and Leah are citizens of the world who combined their passions to create a vision for SugarChef that incorporates fine French baking with modern American tastes and sensibilities.
Having lived and traveled all over the world-and after growing up in a home filled with crêpes, tarts, cookies, and pies from the loving hands of their grandmothers-the pair are inspired by flavors and aromas from a wide repertoire of global traditions, from Sachertorte to Prinsesstårta, Red Velvet, and Tiramisu, to the Paris-Brest(for the connoisseurs!)
Leah studied as a French Pastry Chef in Gastronomy and completed internships in Michelin-starred restaurants, training in Belgium and France under some of the greatest chefs of our time. Together with her mother, Leah brings a true sense of savoir-faire to the visually pleasing and highly palatable creations of SugarChef. Her hobbies include photography and interior design, and she is also a fitness guru and instructor.
Supermom Marie is a self-taught baker and cake designer with a background in business administration and project management. She has worked with international corporations, such as Ikea, and has served customers all over the world. A true foodie, Marie's love of fine dining extends beyond mere hobby. With a good eye for details, she also loves painting, crafts, gardening interior design and flying and restoring antique aircraft with her husband.