Chef Jean Yves Duperret grew up in France in the medieval city of Tours. He graduated from a famous engineering school, one of the best French university-level institutions in the field of engineering science. He worked in Paris, France, as an Engineer before realizing that his true passion was the art of French pastry. He started his career alongside his stepfather who taught him rudiments of pastry. He then reinforced his skills working for prestigious French pastry shops and winning national contests, until being nationally awarded into his profession. Creating gourmet French desserts has enabled him to ally his artistic talent with his mind for logistics and efficiency.



Chef Jean-Yves Duperret is one of the pioneer pastry Chefs in the Bay Area. He opened the pastry shop La Nouvelle Patisserie in 1984 in the Marina District and was its Chef for more than 20 years. La Nouvelle Patisserie was an iconic spot in San Francisco for French traditional delicacies. Gourmets could be tempted by scrumptious masterpiece cakes, elegant Napoleons, light mousse cakes, macaroons, canelés, palmiers, financiers, fresh Madeleines, fruit tarts…Chef Jean-Yves is also the author of the book La Nouvelle Patisserie: The Art and Science of Making Beautiful Pastries and Desserts. Chef Jean Yves is recognized as one of the best ambassadors of French pastry in the Bay Area.



Chef Jean-Yves is highly experienced in servicing a demanding and sophisticated clientele. He has created sumptuous masterpiece cakes for high-end parties like the San Francisco symphony’s Blake and White ball and the San Francisco Ballet’s Opening Night Gala. He had the honor to design masterpieces for President Ronald Reagan, First Lady Nancy Reagan, Queen Elizabeth, Senator Barbara Boxer, Senator Dianne Feinstein, White House Speaker Willie Brown, Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom and Mayor Frank Jordan. He also had the opportunity to service personalities like Danielle Steel.



Whether it’s your wedding cake or the dessert of your once-in- a-lifetime celebration, Chef Jean-Yves will use his expertise and creativity to design a personalized masterpiece that will be the highlight of your menu. Personable and approachable, Chef Jean Yves will bring a positive energy to the preparation of your celebration and will assist you with all the details of your project.

Pastry Chef Jean Yves Duperret

“Pastries are a harmonious trilogy of taste, texture and design from which presentation should never over shadow taste & texture.”


The pastry shop La Nouvelle Patisserie has been featured in:


Food Connaisseur 

Gourmet Magazine

Bay Food Magazine

La Nouvelle République

California Living Magazine


Mercury News

New York Times

Los Angeles Times

San Francisco Chronicle

San Francisco Examiner

Various Restaurant Publications