Andrew Lawrence Schiff is the chef and owner of Oak&Fig Baking. Raised in Oakland and a life-long baker, Andrew took a 25-year detour as a fashion designer before returning to his roots and his true passion.
His cakes and desserts are built with the detailed eye of an artist and inspired by a lifetime of world travel. Oak&Fig Baking is committed to using the finest local, organic ingredients and celebrates the seasonal bounty of the Bay Area.
Andrew worked through college as a pastry chef and line cook, including the old school Los Angeles landmarks Le Saint Germain and Stratton’s while earning degrees in painting, sculpture and fashion design.
Based in New York and later Minneapolis, his fashion career sent him around the world for inspiration and is where he honed his palette and passion for authentic, unusual flavors and ingredients. His cakes, pies, hand pies and cookies reflect inspiration ranging from high French pastry to rustic Indian street food, Middle Eastern spices to Midwestern family dinners.
Specializing in celebration cakes, each unique and detailed design is part of an artist’s ongoing exploration of material and form. And using highest quality, in-season ingredients means everything tastes as good as it looks.