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Chef's Profile

Founder and Head Pastry Chef — Chika Tillman

Chika Tillman was raised in Tokyo, Japan.

Chika, a Wall Street, New York banker, attended evening culinary school classes before joining the Gramercy Tavern NYC opening team in 1994. On her first two nights in NYC, Chika viewed the dinner service from a corner in the kitchen, after coming straight from Wall Street in her suit and heels. From then on, she knew she wanted to become a part of this challenging yet rewarding sport. She then met Matt Seeber, who hired Chika as his executive Pastry Chef at Restaurant Bid, at Sotheby’s auction house. Unfortunately, it opened one day prior to a tragic September 11th, 2001. Since then, Chika has opened ChikaLicious Dessert Bar in 2003, and Dessert Club ChikaLicious in 2007.

ChikaLicious is now in New York City, Hong Kong, Seoul, Tokyo, Bangkok, and Dubai. Stores are also underway and coming soon to Ho Chi Minh City, Jakarta, and Abu Dhabi.

Executive Pastry Chef – Manunya [Maya] Sittisuntorn

Maya Sitti began learning about the culinary arts as a child growing up in Bangkok, Thailand. She began to develop her skills and appreciation for food when she was sent to learn traditional Thai fruit and vegetable carving. Upon moving to the United States at age 13, she spent most of her teenage years in South Carolina and Georgia. Later, she graduated from the Savannah College of Art and Design, one of the most renowned schools in the nation for her field. There, she earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Industrial Design. Sitti’s training as a designer allowed her to pay attention to the finer details. In her travels, she was exposed to various cultures and traditions; these experiences have only furthered her interest in the culinary arts. When Sitti moved to New York City in 2010, she quickly found herself working for the Michelin-Starred restaurant, Eleven Madison Park. Her experience there fueled her appetite and further developed her pallet for fine dining. While pursuing her Masters of Fine Arts in Design Management, Sitti made the decision to step away from design and fully pursue her passion for food. She joined ChikaLicious in 2014 and was quickly brought under the wing of world renowned Pastry Chef, Chika Tillman. She accepted the exciting challenge of opening the newest ChikaLicious expansion in the West Village of Manhattan, known as The Dessert Club by ChikaLicious. She currently serves as the Executive Pastry Chef.

General Manager and Sous Chef – Nicole Bassis

As a Native New Yorker, Nicole Bassis was exposed to a broad variety of cuisines from a very young age. She studied at The Institute of Culinary Education, where she earned a degree in the Culinary Arts. Immediately after culinary school, Nicole began exploring the world of teaching. She served as the General Manager at a cooking school for children and adults, called Taste Buds Kitchen in Chelsea, New York City. More recently, she took a break from the busy city and moved to a ski town in the Catskills to manage a Bed & Breakfast. There, she created gourmet breakfast courses using the freshest ingredients, all locally sourced.  Using her ability to both teach and manage, coupled with her excellent technical skills, Nicole is set to thrive in her dual role as General Manager and Sous Chef at The Dessert Club by ChikaLicious. When Nicole is not creating delicious desserts, she enjoys dining at the city’s finest restaurants, vineyard hopping on the North Fork, and camping.

Contact Us

Comments? Questions? Requests? Do not hesitate to get in touch with us.

The Dessert Club by ChikaLicious

27 Bedford Street New York, NY 10014

info@thedessertclub.com

For bookings please call 212-691-2426. Reservations must be made 24 hours in advance. For special events and groups of 6+ people, reservations must be made 48 hours in advance and are contingent upon availability.

To-Go:
Mon – Fri:   7 am – midnight
Sat – Sun:    9 am – midnight

Counter:
Mon – Tue:    Closed
Wed – Thu:    6 pm – midnight
Fri – Sun:       3 pm – midnight

 

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