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Meet Blaque Shelton

Today we’d like to introduce you to Blaque Shelton. Him and his team share his story with us below.

Please kick things off for us with some background on your story.
Born and raised on the south side of Chicago, Maurice Shelton, who would late become commonly known as “Chef Blāque”, always had a passion for food and an eye for creativity. Hailing from a diverse background in retail, management, and programming, Maurice began exploring his culinary passion in 2006, when he enrolled in Chicago’s Le Cordon Bleu School for Baking & Patisserie, building on the influences of his mom and grandmother.

In 2007, he decided to take his passion to the next level and started his bakery, Black Rose Pastries! A skilled baker and sugar artist, Chef Blāque, has traveled the world teaching and training, showcasing his award-winning signature style – in over 42 states and four countries – blending realism and modern techniques to create show-stopping masterpieces.

Chef Blāque has been featured in several publications and media outlets including The Northwest Indiana Times, The Miami New Times, Something Sweet (UK Based Magazine), Modern Luxury Chicago, and WCIU The Jam just to name a few. Most recently, he and his partner were crowned Season 1 Champions for the Netflix Original Series: Sugar Rush with judges Candace Nelson. Adriano Zumbo, and Betsey Johnson.

Today, Chef Blāque continues to travel the world spreading his passion for sweet treats and confections. He hopes his son Pierre continues to express interest in the craft; so that one day he can take over the reigns to operate Chicagoland’s Premier Online Bakery, Black Rose Pastries, and continue making “Simply Delicious Incredible Edibles!” TM.

We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
My art is my most pure form of creativity. Through the edible world of sugarcraft, I have been able to express myself freely. I hope to inspire others to know you have a voice and it counts. No matter what happens or where you came from each day if you strive to be better than the previous will be a better day. It’s important to know that it is OK to express yourself through whatever positive outlet imaginable.

What do you think it takes to be successful as an artist?
I believe success is subjective and varies case by case. For me, success is when I step away from the artwork that I have created. When I deem it complete, I have reached success. Throughout this journey, I encounter many successes as I start executing my creativity. As an artist, I often battle many different emotions of self-doubt; asking can I complete this? Am I talented enough? Will people understand? Will people accept it? What will happen?…. To overcome these phases are many successes for me.

Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
I can be seen on Netflix’s Sugar Rush Episode 7 Frosted Fashion. Additionally, my work can be found on

Instagram: @chefblaque

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Image Credit:

Reality Photography NWI, Shaun Dubaii

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  1. Jennifer

    May 9, 2019 at 3:55 pm

    LOVE this guy! He says and BELIEVES all the right things. Lover of people. The best kind of human.

  2. S gary

    May 9, 2019 at 6:09 pm

    The images are excellent .photographer did a wonderful job with the photos

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