Beyond Decadence

A mobile/pop-up bakery 
serving the Lake Norman 
area of North Carolina 

The Story of Decadence

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.  


A family emergency led me to close the retail bakery in 2010 and return to the structure of corporate America.  Five years later, the time was right to ignite my passion again and I returned to baking!  This time, I opened a mobile/pop-up bakery called Beyond Decadence; specializing in French-inspired, American favorites, vegan, and gluten-free desserts. 

Now with a family promise fulfilled, the time was right to leave Illinois and relocate to the warmth and sun of North Carolina.  I am elated to officially become a resident of Huntersville, NC in June/July 2017.

Why Decadence?

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.

Beyond Decadence


My Timeline

The Journey Begins

July 2007 - The journey between Bloomington/Normal and Chicago via Amtrak spans 6 months, 5 days a week for a total of 224 train tickets/trips.  (The hand sanitizer is just shown for size perspective.)

Mission Accomplished

December 2007 - Never missed even ONE train!  Graduation time!!!

French Pastry School Chefs 

Left - Chef Jacquy Pfeiffer 
Center - New Chef Maria
Right - Chef Sébastien Canonne, M.O.F. 

Chef Jacquy and Sébastien are Master Pastry Chefs/Owners/Instructors at The French Pastry School

Decadence Bakery & Pastries opens

August 2008 - The doors swing open!

Beyond Decadence emerges

August 2014 - Beyond Decadence is incorporated and emerged at the Thanksgiving Holiday Market in November 2014.