Author: Le Cordon Bleu Ottawa
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Tina Su is the co-owner and pastry chef behind Butter Avenue, Toronto’s trendy pâtisserie and café on Queen Street West. We recently caught up with Tina, the pastry chef behind the perfect French macarons that are trending across Toronto, to find out more about her experience working in the industry and life after Le Cordon Bleu Ottawa.
Tina was born in Taiwan but raised in Toronto, she originally was an editor at a fashion magazine, before deciding to quit her day job and pursue her culinary dreams as a pastry chef. Taking a rather different approach, Tina traveled to France and stayed at a monastery where she learned a bit of home cooking and baking from nuns. This experience truly inspired her to begin her culinary journey as a pastry chef and further pursue her education at Le Cordon Bleu Ottawa.
Butter Avenue grew from a simple Facebook page and online shop selling macarons, into a brother/sister joint operation and storefront with pop-up shops in partnership with Jimmy Choo, L'Occitane en Provence as well as unique events with Lululemon and Miele Canada among many others. Butter Avenue has also been selected as one of the best bakeries in Toronto by Toronto Life’s “The Best of everything 2015” and “The Best of everything 2016”.