Lynette Pflueger, Pastry Chef
Lynette Pflueger traces her love for food and cooking back to her childhood. Early culinary influences include her mother, father, and grandmother who each taught her important lessons in the garden, kitchen, and nature. Lynette’s down to earth personality and sustainable philosophy comes from her urban hunter/gatherer upbringing in the Pacific Northwest (Spokane, Washington). International travel, however, is what got her serious about a career in the kitchen. Upon returning from her first trip abroad at 18, Lynette decided she needed a career that would allow her to travel yet keep her tied to her roots.
Lynette began her training in the hospitality program at Washington State University. She learned and practiced professionalism as an active member of Alpha Kappa Psi Professional Business Fraternity and the Hospitality Club. Studying for a year at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia, Lynette furthered her hospitality experience with ART Hospitality, working events at the Sydney Opera House, Convention Centre, and Olympic Stadiums.
Upon her return to the United States, Lynette enrolled in the Culinary Arts Program at the Art Institute of California in Los Angeles. During her time in school Lynette worked as a barista and held a few beginning baking and pastry jobs (Baker/Barista, Muddhouse Coffee, Northridge, CA; Barista, The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf, Santa Monica, CA; Pastry Intern, The Geisha House, Hollywood, CA). Although she pursued baking and pastry after graduation Lynette believes her culinary background makes her a well-rounded pastry chef.
Lynette takes pride in her work ethic and tenacity and believes hard work, initiative, and perseverance got her where she is today. Lynette’s professional walkabout has included experiences with Club Getaway, Kent, CT (Bakery and Pastry Manager), Riviera Country Club, Miami, FL (Assistant Pastry Chef), La Goulue – Christian Delouvrier, Miami, FL (Pastry Chef), Fontainebleau Hotel, Miami, FL (Pastry Chef de Partie), Chef Mavro Restaurant, Honolulu, HI (Pastry Chef), Club Med, Miami, FL (Corporate Pastry Chef), and her current positions as Pastry Chef at Santé Restaurant and Charcuterie and Common Crumb Bakery in Spokane, Washington.
Lynette is also very proud of the honors she’s received for her work including a feature in Starchefs online magazine (2013), a nomination for The People’s Best New Pastry Chef from Food & Wine Magazine (2013), and an invitation to join Santé Chef Jeremy Hansen to cook at the legendary James Beard House in New York City (2013).
In her free time Lynette enjoys studying French, playing ukulele, practicing yoga, and sharing her passion for food and cooking with others as well as educating herself by teaching cooking classes.
Lynette is honored to be part of the team at Santé and Common Crumb. The standards of excellence are high and food is prepared with respect and purpose. Lynette shares the Santé philosophy of creating a sustainable restaurant that supports the local economy and welcomes the challenge to exceed the expectations of her customers and peers.