Netflix is here with a new baking competition series called “Bake Squad” and we are more than excited to meet the show’s pastry chefs!
The pastry chef’s cakes are getting evaluated by none other than Christina Tosi. Among the lucky talents is South Side-based chef Maya-Camille Broussard.
So, who is Maya-Camille? Let’s get to know her a bit more through this article.
Maya-Camille Broussard's Bio, Parents
Maya-Camille Broussard was born to Stephen J. Broussard and Camille Billingslea. Her parents are no longer together.
Her mother is a physician specializing in preventive health care.
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Maya-Camille’s late father, Stephen Broussard, was a Northwestern Law School alumni. He was a defense attorney who played a crucial part as a member of the ‘Takeover’ at Northwestern’s Bursar’s Office.
According to Maya-Camille, when her father attended college, Black students were not provided fair on-campus housing options, allowed to participate in the activities of Greek-lettered organizations, and were also denied entry to the school’s swimming pool.
During that time, Stephen Broussard and his colleague contributed greatly to the establishment of an equitable setting for the Black students to attend the school.
Maya-Camille Broussard’s Bakery
In honor of her father and his contributions, Maya-Camille opened Justice of the Pies, a bakery specializing in “sweet and savory pies, quiches and tarts.”
According to the website of the bakery, her father dubbed himself the “Pie Master” and had a passion for baking and eating anything made with a crust.
“Justice of the Pies was created to celebrate his love for pies and to honor his belief that everyone deserves an opportunity to reform their lives.” - Justice of the Pies’ website
The bakery, originally formed as an L3C, claims to be a social mission in a culinary art form. In addition, the bakery opens up its I KNEAD LOVE Workshop often times a year.
The one-day workshop “provides elementary-aged children from lower-income communities instruction on nutritional development, acquiring basic cooking skills, and encouraging creativity in the kitchen.”
On top of that, Justice of the Pies also prepares meals for several communities on Chicago’s South and West sides.
The bakery has also partnered with Maria Kaupas Center, Jewish Children and Family Services, Alternatives Youth, and Frontline Foods.
Maya-Camille is a graduate of Mother McAuley High School. She attended Howard University and earned her BFA degree in Fine Arts in 2001.
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In 2002, she went to Northwestern University and graduated in 2004 with her Masters in Arts degree in Theater.
You can find Maya-Camille Broussard on Instagram under the username @mayacamillebroussard