James Beard Award–Winning Pastry Chef Embraces Marijuana

She's a pro.
She's a pro. Photo: Hot Chocolate Chicago

How has it taken this long for a high-profile American chef to come out with a line of edibles? Mindy Segal, the owner of Chicago’s Hot Chocolate, is leading the charge: She has partnered with Cresco Labs, the largest cannabis cultivator in Illinois, to create THC-enhanced chocolate brittle bars, granola, and a ready-made drinking chocolate mix. Technically, her sweets will only be available to medical-marijuana patients — but there’s definitely an opportunity to scale this business. (How long until there’s a James Beard Award for Best Cannabis Chef?)

Major Pastry Chef Embraces Marijuana