Shuna fish Lydon was whisked and baked in San Francisco but served and eaten in New York City. She's had a 16 year tumultuous love affair with professional cooking and has BFA in photography from CCAC.
Working with and for some of the best chefs in NYC and California, Shuna's resume reads like the who's who of cooking today. She identifies as a fruit-inspired pastry chef and calls the many local farmers' markets her muse.
Currently "at large," Shuna spends her time teaching baking and knife skills classes, consulting at local restaurants and writing for a number of outlets about deliciousness.
Disclaimer: this is not an “Official Restaurant Review,” it is merely a mention of a place to eat I loved when I was in Portland last. Clyde Common is the name. Ace Hotel is its location. I ate there once for each lunch and dinner a few days apart. And I would go there tomorrow … Continue reading Clyde Common Restaurant. Ace Hotel, Portland →
In a few hours I will be attending the wedding of a friend who has Celiac Disease. Her wedding will be a gluten-free picnic and all the guests will bring something in this theme. I know very little, almost nothing about what I call “alternative baking.” Luckily for me crisp topping is not really considered … Continue reading Gluten-Free Crisp Topping →
I’ve been in Portland, Oregon, now for about a week. Initially I was going to come here for a few days before heading up to a wedding in Seattle. I love Portland, and have since the first moment I saw this small city. But soon after I mentioned that, after two long years, I would … Continue reading Portland Musings →
By the time you read this, I will be in Portland, Oregon, readying to teach four baking classes, back to back, over the course of two weeks. Although it might not sound like much, I have only been teaching 2 classes a month in the Bay Area for the last year or so. But I’m … Continue reading SF/Bay Area Baking & Knife Skills Classes: August →
As I’ve said before, to have me in your friend circle means I am your go-to for all edible recommendations. Most of the time this means that, after contacting me, people walk away with new eating and adventuring possibilities. But sometimes I tell people where to go for selfish reasons. At weddings, for example. The … Continue reading Living Room Events Catering →
When you work in the restaurant business everyone you know, everyone you know’s friends, in-laws and children, and everyone you’ve not met yet, comes to you for restaurant recommendations. Needless to say I am extremely grateful that Chowhound also exists. For it gets quite tiresome to be absolutely everyone’s go to for breakfast, lunch, brunch … Continue reading New York City Eating →
This Sunday June 10th I will be teaching my second Seasonal Fruit Dessert class in North Berkeley from 1 – 3:30 pm. Might you wish to join me as I conjure a number of sweets simple and complex, whose main focus is fruits at the peak of their early summer season’s best? Those who took … Continue reading Bay Area Baking Class: Seasonal Fruit Desserts →
It’s that time of year. When Bay Area markets are jumping with stone fruits. Names whimsical, actual and unpronounceable and downright silly fill signage over mysterious glowing orbs. People want to know, “What’s the difference between a pluot and a plumcot, a nectarcot and an aprium? Why all the funny names? What happened to the … Continue reading Plumcots, Apriums, Pluots and Their Father of Invention →
I lined up plates in the order they appeared on the menu. This trick helps cooks plate food with speed and efficiency during a busy service. Last week many of you participated in having a bit of fun with your food. You played The Plated Dessert Menu Game! Although it began as a lark, I … Continue reading Plated Desserts, A Menu. →
Anthony Bourdain hit the nail on the head in his iconic book Kitchen Confidential, when he said, “pastry chefs are the neurologists of the kitchen.” We like things just so, and will stop only at premeditated murder, to make sure it stays this way. We are organized to the point of scary, and we guard … Continue reading Plated Desserts, A Game. →
Shuna Lydon & Sherry Yard, both on team #1. A number of months ago I received an email from an old pastry chef of mine, Stephen Durfee, who is now an instructor at The Culinary Institute of America, Greystone campus in Napa Valley. He was letting me know I would soon receive an invitation to … Continue reading Rhubarb-Verbena Sabayon, The Pastry Chef Conference →
Continued from Part One on Monday April 16. In California we have more than our fair share of live yeast in the air. Catching it and turning it into “sourdough starter” or “natural starter” is pretty easy. All one needs to do is to feed one’s starter with cold water and bread flour every week … Continue reading Sourdough Tutorial. Local Bloggers Share Recipes, Information & Toast. Part 2 →
Almost 15 years ago, at the beginning of my career, I worked at Lulu (SF). Unbeknownst to my very naive self at the time, I would never work at another restaurant that would make all its own table bread. At Verbena (NYC), under the tutelage of Diane Forley, the pastry department was responsible for a … Continue reading Sourdough Tutorial. Local Bloggers Share Recipes, Information & Toast. Part 1 →
My favorite story illustrating the inventiveness of fans making requests comes from a Violent Femmes concert. The Violent Femmes made famous a number of songs suggestive or outright sexual in nature. But then they became Born Again Christians and had a hard time loosening up at the few shows they played since this transformation. One … Continue reading Devil’s Food Cake →