Emily Luchetti is the Chief Pastry Officer at San Francisco's Farallon and Waterbar Restaurants and a Dean of the International Culinary Center in New York and California.
She began her culinary career on the savory side of the kitchen attending the New York Restaurant School and working at Manhattan Market and the Silver Palate. A move to San Francisco allowed her to join up with the opening team at Jeremiah Tower's Stars Restaurant. After three years on the line she switched to the sweet side of the kitchen and has never looked back.
She was the pastry chef at Stars for seven years and also co-owned the retail bakery StarBake with Tower. The petite powerhouse is the author of 6 dessert cookbooks including Stars Desserts, A Passion for Ice Cream and The Fearless Baker. Luchetti's honors include the 1998 San Francisco Focus Magazine Pastry Chef of the Year, the 2001 Women Chefs & Restaurateurs Golden Whisk Award, the 2003 Food Arts magazine Silver Spoon Award, and the 2004 James Beard Foundation Award for Outstanding Pastry Chef.
The San Francisco Chronicle chose Luchetti as one of 20 Visionary Chefs in the Bay Area and she was inducted into the Culinary Pioneers of America. In 2012, she was inducted into the James Beard Foundation Who's Who of Food & Beverage in America.
From 1994 to 1999, she served as chairperson of Women Chefs & Restaurateurs. She is currently chair of the JBF board of trustees, Prior to that Luchetti served on the Foundation board for six years, three as vice chair, and as chair of the James Beard Awards Committee.