Hospitality Business Magazine

Top pastry chef Shuchi Bhardwaj opens her own dessert space

The pastry chef behind Wellington On A Plate’s 2022 and 2023 Best Dish awards has opened her own bakery and cafe on the capital city’s Tory Street.

After 11 years working behind the scenes in some of Wellington’s top venues, including Cafe Neo and Wolf, Shuchi Bhardwaj is excited to open her own dessert space.

Classically trained in patisserie at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris and in Wellington, Shuchi is creating a range of traditional and experimental treats, including cakes, cheesecakes, pastries, muffins, trifles, and her signature strawberry & rhubarb croissants.

You might even get your hands on a crookie – the latest trend from Paris that mixes croissant pastry with cookie dough.

Le Ciel also offers a selection of savoury food, including croissant toasties and croissant hotdogs, and you’ll find a range of locally sourced hot and cold drinks, including organic and fair trade coffee from Peoples Coffee.

Shuchi says “I’m so excited to finally have my own space to showcase all the skills and treats I’ve developed throughout my hospitality career. I’m proud to offer Wellington a new dessert experience, where sweet treats and pastries are not just a sideshow, they’re the main event!”

Le Ciel is at 100 Tory Street, Wellington. Opposite Moore Wilson’s.

Wednesday-Thursday: 9am to 6pm.

Friday-Sunday: 10am to 6pm.