Born and raised on the south side of Chicago, Maurice Shelton, who would later become commonly know as “Chef Blāque”, always had a passion for food and an eye for creativity. Hailing from a diverse background in retail, management and programming, Maurice began exploring his culinary passion in 2006, when he enrolled in Chicago’s Le Cordon Bleu School for Baking & Patisserie, building on the influences of his mom and grandmother.
In 2007, he decided to take his passion to the next level and started his bakery, Black Rose Pastries! A skilled baker and sugar artist, Chef Blāque, has traveled the world teaching and training, showcasing his award winning signature style - in over 42 states and 4 countries - blending realism and modern techniques to create show stopping masterpieces.
Since, Chef Blāque, has been features in several publications and media outlets including The Northwest Indiana Times, The Miami New Times, Something Sweet (UK Based Magazine), Modern Luxury Chicago, and WCIU The Jam just to name a few. Most recently, he and his partner were crowned Season 1 Champions for the Netflix Original Series: Sugar Rush with judges Candace Nelson. Adriano Zumbo, and Betsey Johnson.
Today, Chef Blāque continues to travel the world spreading his passion for sweet treats and confections. He hopes his son Pierre continues to express interest in the craft; so that one day he can take over the reigns to operate Chicagoland’s Premier Online Bakery, Black Rose Pastries, and continue making “Simply Delicious Incredible Edibles!” TM.
Follow his journey on Instagram: @chefblaque
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