Sugarbird Sweets was founded in 2008 by Kei Okumura.
Kei started her career in pastries by leaving her hometown of Los Angeles and attending Ecole Superieiure de Cuisine Francaise Ferrandi in Paris, graduating at the top of her class. She subsequently rounded out her culinary education by training at top Michelin starred restaurants in Paris such as Hotel Bristol & George V.
After returning to Los Angeles, Kei continued to hone her craft at various restaurants and bakeries as well as creating bespoke desserts and confections for her friends and family. Word spread quickly of her work and Kei was soon asked to expand her creations for private clients and restaurants which in turn led to the creation of Sugarbird Sweets.
Exotic spices, seasonal fruits, teas and surprising textures find their way into Kei's confections and baked goods. Her years of travelling and immersing herself in the culinary cultures of Japan, France and the United States have resulted in a Franco-Japonese essence which define Kei's simple yet stylish confectionaries.
Kei then expanded her repertoire with an exclusive line of artisanal teas, offering custom blends to pair and compliment all sweet occasions.
Sugarbird Sweets is available here as well as select shops locally. Kei also caters small private parties and provides desserts, teas for chefs and restaurants in and around Los Angeles. She lives with her husband and her two sons in Silverlake, California.