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Chef Mamata Reddy is a mother of a preschooler and toddler, as well as two middle-aged, very spoiled dogs. (Homemade dog biscuits, anyone??) She and her husband Michael Herbst moved to Evanston, Ill, in 2010 and knew it would eventually be the perfect home for Spoonfoolery, her kitchen classroom and event space.
Mamata is a graduate of The French Pastry School in downtown Chicago, and holds bachelor’s degrees in Magazine Journalism and Philosophy from the University of Missouri at Columbia, as well as a master’s degree in Media Communication from Webster University in St. Louis. Prior to attending pastry school, Mamata worked as a writer-editor in higher-education publishing and financial news research and reporting. After completing her certification in Pastry Arts in 2005, she worked as the pastry supervisor at the United Center, home of the Chicago Bulls basketball and Blackhawks hockey teams, cranking out the sweet treats for games, concerts, and special events. But it was the role she would accept as a culinary instructor a few years later at the Gary Comer Youth Center on Chicago’s South Side that would lead her down the important path of educating young people about their food. She has loved teaching as much as she has enjoyed her own extensive learning process, so bringing after-school culinary classes and cooking and baking events for children of all ages to Chicago’s North Shore has been a logical next step for this parent, teacher, chef, and food lover. Since Spoonfoolery’s opening in September 2018, Mamata has already engaged hundreds of students in programming in her space. She hopes her community continues to come cook, learn, and GROW with her at Spoonfoolery!
Nominations for Women of Achievement are now closed. Nominees have been selected.