Mindy Segal and the new HotChocolate
One of Chicago's best pastry chefs explains the breakdown that led to big changes at HotChocolate.
“I’m not a 150-seat restaurateur,” Segal says. “It’s just not for me. Part of knowing yourself is knowing your limits.”
Since leaving Miraval, Segal talks a lot about limits and self-knowledge. She’s continued with her yoga, and she’s tried to spread the wellness to her staff: Now, in pre-serve meetings, Segal will talk about being present. Before, she’d just talk about the specials.
Early this month, Segal will reopen HotChocolate after two weeks of being closed for renovations. Her restaurant will have not just a new look but a new menu, and a new philosophy about food. The menu at HotChocolate will be simpler. You could say it will be more mindful. It will definitely be more Mindy. “I’m a dyslexic pastry chef with ADHD who is integrity-driven and doesn’t want to be a five-restaurant restaurateur,” she says. For the first time in years, she’s okay with that.