CHICAGO — An acclaimed chef is settling into her new South Side bakery and serving up all kinds of pies and nostalgic treats for the holidays.

“My dad was a fanatic of any and everything in a crust so I created the bakery to honor his love of pies and his belief people deserve second chances,” Owner and Chef Maya-Camille Broussard from Justice of the Pies said. Broussard started Justice of the Pies in 2014 in memory of her late father, Steve, a criminal defense attorney.

After working out of a food incubator, she purchased a building and opened her own physical location in September at 8655 S. Blackstone Ave., bringing new energy to the community. 

“This building was my mom’s childhood dentist office, so it is very much a part of my family’s history,” she said.

Before she became an entrepreneur and a James Beard Foundation award finalist, Broussard worked as an art teacher at a school just a few blocks away. 

“I passed this building everyday leaving work, and I had no idea what was in store for me 10 years later,” she said. 

What’s in store for customers? 

All kinds of pies with unique flavor pairings from strawberry basil key lime pie to salted caramel peach pie along with treats like pound cake, cookies, and cinnamon rolls. 

Broussard also launched a nonprofit and offers “I Knead Love” workshops for young students.

As a member of the deaf and hard  of hearing community, Broussard says she discovered her superpower is a bionic sense of taste and smell.

“Baking is a science and you fail many times,” said Broussard. “But once you get it right, you get it right.” 

Justice of the Pies has extended holiday hours this week for Thanksgiving. 

For more information, visit: WWW.JUSTICEOFTHEPIES.COM