Burrow – DUMBO, Brooklyn
Calling Ayako a pastry chef doesn’t quite translate what she does, she’s a pastry sculptor and artist: shortcake somehow reminiscent of a ripe peach, braided pigtail pie, and scented floral cookies. We shot her in the kitchen of Burrow, her tiny Dumbo bakery tucked discreetly into an office building.
The most meaningful piece of jewelry I own is
my wedding band, which I haven’t removed since my husband and I married. My father asked me to show him my ring at the wedding, it was very shiny compared to his wedding band which was worn for many decades and the comparison is a fun memory I treasure. My wedding band now has 12 years of worn signs.
My favorite thing about Brooklyn is
the rhythm of life.
I find inspiration for my work and life in
very simple daily thing like a twig on the street.
The most rewarding thing about Burrow is
when a customer comes back for a simple cookie. One day, a customer asked for suggestion, bought one cookie we suggested, he looked unsure, starting to bite as he walked out of door. After a few steps he turned back with huge smile on his face and bought more of the same cookie. That made my day!
The most challenging part of my job is
continuing to do what I do day after day. Doing "basic" is one of the most difficult things to repeat day after day. The standard of "basic" is raised everyday.
The most exciting part of my job is
seeing my husband’s reaction to a new creation.
On the weekends you can find me
collecting my thoughts. I would be invisible on the weekends if I could.
Ayako Kurokawa is chef and co-owner of Brooklyn patisserie Burrow.