Hello there!

Nice to meet you, I’m so happy that you are here.
My name is Maiko, the girl behind The Chestnut Bakery where I create indulgent vegan desserts.
I welcome all eaters who love good food!

I wrote my first blog back in 2015, and The Chestnut Bakery was officially born in 2020.
One of my greatest passions has been baking and cooking, and
I want to share this passion with you all after creating so many vegan recipes!

To me, the vegan diet and lifestyle is not dull or boring.
On the contrary; it’s such a fun, kind and colourful way to eat and live sustainably.

My goal is to inspire as many people as possible to get baking and cooking with more
plant-based ingredients and to feel that they are the best version of themselves.

I hope you enjoy exploring The Chestnut Bakery and find inspiration in your favourite recipes.


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When did you go vegan and why?

Back in 2014 I went vegetarian and transitioned to vegan in 2017.
Initially, I chose to go vegetarian because I had skin problems and I found a wonderful book called
“Eat Pretty” which was inspirational and I highly recommend you read it as well!
Later, I learned about the abhorrent impact of animal products on the planet and the cruelty behind such practices and industries.
I love animals and our home planet, so the natural choice was to transition to the vegan lifestyle.

I’m gathering resources regarding the vegan diet and the environment at the moment, so stay tuned for future updates on this!

Where did you learn to bake and cook?

I’m a self-taught home baker/cook. Well, mostly!
My biggest influence was my aunt’s cafe where I helped pour coffee and picked up the basics of the cafe life.
My aunt taught me how to bake strawberry cake, which was surprisingly easy and delicious.
Since then, I’ve always been an avid baker and now I create my own recipes!

Why is your blog called “The Chestnut Bakery”?

The word “Chestnut” is part of my family name!
My family name means “Chestnut Island” in Japanese and that’s where my blog’s name was born.

Do you collaborate with brands?

Yes, I do! I love working with brands whose services and products align with my values.
I exclusively work with brands that promote vegan and cruelty-free products that I personally love and would recommend to my audience.

If your brand is passionate about Veganism, cruelty-free products, sustainability, the environment, animals, and of course,
good food then let’s chat about how we can work together! Please visit my Work with me page for more details on how we can collaborate.

Have more questions or wanna say hi?

Say hello at [email protected] or via my contact page.
I’d love to hear from you!

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