It’s no secret that the Dame Traveler blog began as a place to celebrate the curious, driven and brave women of the world. We’re taking it a step further beyond the pretty photos on Instagram and we will be sharing the stories of how these awe-inspiring ladies made it to where they are today and we hope you can find some inspiration through their courage. First up in this new series, is founder & head chef of Mah-Ze-Dahr Bakery in New York City, Umber Ahmad.
From small town upbringings in Michigan, she began baking as a child with her Finnish nanny, who told stories about her childhood, family, travels, and everything in between. With each culture she immersed herself in, she discovered connection through storytelling and food.
Being of Pakistani descent, Umber’s journey is the quintessential American story. After studying genetics and business and leaving her high-profile executive position on Wall Street, Umber has followed her true passion of introducing worldly senses and feelings to the public via the taste of pastry, with the blessing of a former business client, Tom Colicchio. Mah-Ze-Dahr Bakery began as an e-commerce space before the opening of the first brick-and-mortar in the West Village.
Mah-Ze-Dahr is an Urdu word that describes the “magic that makes food so delicious” and she has worked her magic in what has become one of the best pastry shops in New York.
In true #dametraveler fashion, Umber was not afraid to take a leap of faith and we’re inspired by her driven nature and the way in which she helps the world connect through the food.
While still managing her very own capital management firm, Umber is simultaneously growing her empire and heritage brand with plans of opening a second shop in Manhattan and expanding into Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. Learn more about Umber here and if you happen to find yourself in NYC, don’t forget to stop by the Bakery and try some of the highlights such as the Brioche Doughnut, Mah-Ze-Dahr Bars, the hot chocolate and of course the soft serve.