Pastry Chef, Co-founder (fonuts) bakery, Celebrity Chef, Judge on Food Network's Cake Wars
Waylynn Lucas is an award winning Pastry Chef who takes joy in marrying the nostalgia of classic sweets with modern and exciting flavor profiles and techniques.
She co-owned and operated Fonuts bakery in Los Angeles, a new spin on the traditional coffee and doughnut shop from 2011-2018. The doughnuts are baked, not fried and also offer a selection of gluten free and vegan products. This project stays true to her diverse and prestigious culinary pedigree, offering sweet and savory, from traditional to avant-garde. She has always had the entrepreneurial spirit, and knew early on she wanted to be her own boss. She opened her first restaurant early on, while living in Costa Rica. She ran it successfully for years until she decided to sell it to move back to the States and further her culinary career.
Upon her return to California she worked as Executive Pastry Chef of SLS Hotel Beverly Hills, and the Patisserie at the Bazaar by Jose Andres. Here Lucas experimented with many different cooking techniques, from traditional to the very modern. While working at the Bazaar she received her first four star review. Later Lucas further refined her trademark style as the Executive Pastry Chef of Patina, Joachim Splichal’s fabled Michelin star restaurant that also received a Los Angeles Times four star review while Lucas was Pastry Chef. Making her the only Pastry Chef in Los Angeles to have ever earned two four star reviews.
In 2013 Waylynn took part in a reality television series on Bravo called Eat. Drink. Love. It showcased the lives of five successful business woman in Los Angeles all working and paving their way in the predominantly male run food industry.
She was a permanent advisor on the first season of CNBC’s, Restaurant Startup’ consulting with new entrepreneurs who want to start their own business’ within the food world, hoping to win an investment from two culinary experts, Joe Bastianich, and Tim Love.
Currently she is a permanent judge of the Food Network show, Cake Wars and Cupcake Wars Kids
All the while continuing work on expanding and growing her business, by adding new locations and stretching into other realms of the restaurant and food industry. Teaching kids to bake by the hundreds, planning on opening multiple new business’ in Los Angeles, and consulting with local restaurants to develop and expand their dessert menus.