Our Story

JinJu Patisserie brings together knowledge and ingredients from around the world to inspire the wanderlust of all five senses. “JinJu” is Korean for “pearl” or “treasure”. With every handmade piece, we aim to present a taste that is worth its weight in gold. We unearth the essence of each ingredient so that it may tell its own flavorful story.

Master chocolatier, Jin Caldwell fought to bring her passion to the table. Since Jin moved to the U.S. in 1993–and defied her family’s wishes for her career–she has transformed a hard path into a remarkable journey.

During her career, Jin has headed research and development for the Mars Corporation, worked with world-famous chocolatiers at prestigious establishments such as The Bellagio, The Wynn, and Green Valley Ranch; made multiple appearances on the Food Network, and has been named one of the Top 10 Chocolatiers in North America.

Have you ever seen the towering, stunning cakes and desserts in the Aría hotel in Las Vegas? Pastry chef, Kyurim Lee, artfully crafted many of those. Kyurim trained under highly-decorated pastry chefs, Jean Philippe Maury, Stephane Treand, and worked as an assistant pastry chef at Joël Robuchon Las Vegas.

The pastry duo met in Vegas over a decade ago. After putting in their time at some of the world’s finest confectionery mainstays, Jin and Kyurim went in search of the real meaning of work-life balance. They opted to join the gurus of living life to the full, in the grand Pacific Northwest. Both originally from Seoul, Korea, and both skilled, passionate patissiers; Kyurim and Jin are now the proud owners of JinJu Patisserie in Portland, OR.