The Official Story
Born in a town of 400 in South Carolina, Chef Lynnette Astaire started her first food business at age 11 in Chicago after becoming fed up with school lunch. She got her professional start in NYC, eventually moving to Oaxaca, Mexico where she helped to build one of the area’s most popular beach properties as partner and chef. Her education includes art NYC’s School of Visual Arts and business at Cornell University.
Based in Los Angeles, Lynnette is the Founder of Superfood School, a nonprofit that helps people of all diets to get more plants on their plates. Their innovative work in the wellness world has earned media features on KTLA and collaborations with thought leadership conference Summit Series and more.
Lynnette’s past career in the arts, her inclusive outlook on wellness plus her healing of personal illness through diet makes her a creative, authentic and diverse figure for the future of food.
The Cute Story
My name is Lynnette and I am a food lover 🙂
Although I don’t do dietary labels, my day-to-day dishes are predominately plant-based. I’ve used my lifelong interest in healthy food and fasting to overcome PCOS (Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome) and to keep me ageless 🙂
I created Superfood School to help people of all diets to get more plants on their plates – but when it comes down to it, my favorite food simply may be a bowl of cereal 🙂
I also love: opening coconuts with machetes, hosting dinner turned dance parties, watching stand-up comedy while I answer email, exploring the metaverse, meditating, reading, hoping to play cello again, learning to be a long distance runner while continuing to be a sub-par surfer 😉
The Whole Story
Speaking of kidstuff, my life journey began in a town of 400 and my food journey began in Chicago when I was 11, with a piece of Salisbury Steak. (if you went to school in the States like me, then your lunch likely sucked… and it likely included Salisbury Steak.)
For those that don’t know, Salisbury Steak* is the epitome of processed food. Animal parts, gluten-y binders and unpronounceable preservatives formed into a patty…with grill marks PAINTED on them.
To make matters worse, the sauce turns into a gelatin substance once it’s cold…
I remember vividly that night telling my mother that I wanted – actually needed to start making my own lunch. From there, my interest in food grew. That summer I tried growing corn (which was an epic fail) and by middle school I started a business selling Rice Krispie Treats to students (and teachers.) Although it wasn’t the healthiest, the seed of entrepreneurialism through food was planted.
While pursuing a fine art degree at SVA in New York, I worked part-time in all things food; from an internship at Family Circle Magazine to 5 star Restaurants, I learned as much as I could about the art of eating. Although I ate relatively healthy, my health still wasn’t the best.
I had PCOS problems and to make things worse, my mother was diagnosed with breast cancer… for the second time.
It was at that point, I ditched the meds and focused on food.
I took nutrition courses and started to green juice fast. I side hustled to travel the world and explore every way I could to make vegetables taste delicious. Slowly but surely I cut more and more processed foods out of my diet.
It was working.
Fast forward to today: my daily diet is 80% plant based, my PCOS symptoms have disappeared, my weight, skin and energy levels are great and people find it very hard to believe I’m still not in my 20’s.
I ultimately heard my calling, quit my career in the arts and entertainment industry and launched Superfood School to educate and empower others on the benefits of a plant based diet.
Ask ANY licensed medical professional and they are all going to tell you that a plant-based diet is ideal.
It is the blueprint for ANY health promoting diet.
Eating these foods will naturally reduce or maintain a healthy weight and fulfill ANY of your wildest dreams…..well not quite the last one but when you’re healthy and happy, WHY NOT?
Superfood School helps people of all diets to get more plants on their plates, easily, deliciously and affordably through programs and products that serve impacted communities.
We also host Superfood Sundays, a podcast hosted by founder Lynnette Astaire and featuring some of the most prominent plant-based people on the planet. Our 100% digital platform enables us to empower in areas around the nation.
We’re solving the plant-based problem through delicious recipes, easy to understand techniques and resources that meet everyday eaters where they’re at.
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*Ironically the inventor of Salisbury Steak, James Salisbury M.D believed that vegetables were the leading cause of heart disease, tumors and mental illness!
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