Chef Sharon Wang
A native Angeleno (by way of Taiwan), chef/owner Sharon Wang grew up in Arcadia and attended UCLA. She started her career in interactive design, co-founding Media Revolution in Santa Monica with friends from college. In 2003, after 10 years as an art director and creative manager, she followed her sweet tooth to the Culinary Institute of America in the Napa Valley and while training in pastry there began working for chef Thomas Keller. Sharon quickly rose through the ranks of the Thomas Keller Restaurant Group in Napa Valley and then New York City, baking breads and pastries for The French Laundry, Per Se, Ad Hoc, and Bouchon Bistro and Bakery. She was promoted to head pastry chef of Bouchon in Yountville, and then, returning home to Los Angeles, Bouchon in Beverly Hills. After nine years with chef Keller, Sharon struck out on her own, first consulting for restaurants, including n/naka, and later opened Sugarbloom Bakery in 2012. Sharon’s classic French training and extensive experience and exposure plus her upbringing in multicultural and ethnically diverse LA are all reflected in Sugarbloom’s viennoiserie, desserts, and custom cakes.
A few questions for Sharon...
What's your spirit animal?
Umm... a dog? I'm unconditionally loyal and my long-term memory isn't the greatest. And I'll do anything for food.
What's your guilty pleasure?
Fried foods, from donuts in the morning to fried chicken at night.
What's your go-to kitchen tool?
A heavy-duty, handheld burr mixer... I can use it for everything from fixing broken ganache to making soups.
What's your favorite dessert?
Mille-feuille. I like classic French desserts, but only if done right. A good one will have a nice balance of textures. There's only a handful of ingredients, which really shows the skill of the creator.
What’s on your playlist when you’re baking?
Depending on my mood, anything from Daft Punk to Les Miserables to bossa nova.