Welcome, I am Pastry Chef Maria C. Kemp! I am new to the Lake Norman area of North Carolina, so I'd love to share my story of how I got here.
From 1998 to April 2017, I was part of the Bloomington/Normal community located in Central Illinois. While working for a major local insurance company, I recall feeling a "pull" toward a love of baking. That pull led me to attend a week long pastry camp that ultimately fueled my decision to enroll as a full-time student. I graduated from the prestigious French Pastry School's L'Art de la Pâtisserie program in 2007 and opened a retail bakery named Decadence Bakery & Pastries in Normal, IL in 2008. I was honored when the local newspaper wrote an article on my lifelong dream being fulfilled with the bakery opening.
Each dessert is carefully created from scratch using only the finest ingredients (Madagascar bourbon vanilla, 100% real butter, fresh spices, and more); no box mixes, preservatives, fillers, chemicals, or artificial ingredients. Tantalize your tastebuds and see what sets us apart. My desserts are beyond decadent and will exceed expectations!
My Beyond Decadence desserts continue to satisfy the discerning palettes of retail and corporate clientele.