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.
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.
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For bookings, call 212-691-2426.
For special events and groups of 6+ people, reservations must be made 48 hours in advance and are contingent upon availability.
Mon – Fri: 8 am – midnight
Sat – Sun: 10 am – midnight
Mon – Tue: Closed
Wed – Thu: 6 pm – midnight
Fri – Sun: 3 pm – midnight