A small, modern patisserie in the heart of downtown Detroit is home to the 2022 Outstanding Pastry Chef. Warda Bouguettaya won the James Beard Foundation honor at the awards on June 13 in Chicago. The win is a first for Detroit in nearly 30 years.
The Detroit Free Press said Bouguettaya fought back tears in her acceptance speech as she recounted her experience as an immigrant aiming to create a space that celebrated a borderless world. “I wanted Warda Pâtisserie to reflect the America I left my motherland for,” she said.
Warda Pâtisserie is inspired by the seasons and Bouguettaya’s life and travels in Algeria, France, and Asia. The patisserie aims to bring to Detroit and Southeast Michigan a selection of sophisticated, hand-crafted pastries made locally. Bouguettaya opened the patisserie in 2016 as a pop-up business in the city’s Corktown Farmers Market. They continue to offer seasonal pastries made with natural ingredients and local products whenever possible.
Guests can enjoy their sweet treats while dining outdoors on the beautiful patio when the weather is nice. Pastries are not made with any preservatives or additives and can be bought individually or ordered for parties and events.
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