Pix Pâtisserie chef and owner, Cheryl Wakerhauser (a.k.a. Pix), is known for combining bold flavors and textures into stunning, edible packages. After a short-lived career studying to be an astronaut, Cheryl headed to Southern France and trained at the prestigious pâtisserie of MOF Philippe URRACA, president of the Meilleurs Ouvriers de France Pâtissiers 2003 - 2017.
Her 16 year old Portland institution has been mentioned in Food and Wine, Elle Décor, Food Network Magazine, Sunset, Wine & Spirits and The New York Times Magazine, where it stated, “Cheryl Wakerhauser’s macaroons trounce Per Se’s.” She is a natural teacher, explaining technique in detail but always adding a bit of pizazz and fun to each lesson, or as she calls them, “Magic Shows.”
Her other love? Champagne. Some women buy shoes, Cheryl buys champagne. The Pix collection has grown to over 400 cuvées which are carefully paired with Pix desserts as well as Bar Vivant's savory tapas. Cheryl’s beverage list has been awarded WORLD’S BEST Champagne and Sparkling Wine List four years in a row by London's World of Fine Wine Magazine and has won the Best Of Award of excellence for the last five years from the Wine Spectator.
If there is still money left after the champagne, Cheryl buys sherry. Representing the spectrum of sherry styles from bone dry to lusciously sweet, her list has over 100 selections to choose from. In 2017 Cheryl became one of just seven official Sherry Educators in the US from the consejo in Jerez.