Pastries have always played an important role in the lives of the Fournier family. Yves is a fifth generation baker who emigrated from France in 1992 to begin work as a pastry cook at Le Meridien Hotel (as it was called at the time) on Coronado Island. “Yves and I met while I was waitressing at Le Meridien during college. Everyone had to clock in right next to the pastry department. Often he would be waiting for me with a chocolate croissant,” revealed Susie. Now, the Fournier family includes two children and a family business, The French Oven. “We began a pop-up bakery business on Facebook from our home in 2016, offering croissants and other treats to our neighbors. It started off with 20 members and grew to over 800 members in about nine months,” explained Susie. When a space opened up down the hill from the Fourniers’ home, Yves fulfilled his lifelong dream of opening his own bakery.
Prior to establishing The French Oven, Yves worked in 5-star restaurants throughout California and was the executive baking and pastry instructor for the San Diego Culinary Institute. “He also became an American citizen in 2005,” stated Susie proudly. Susie not only works behind the scenes – and sometimes behind the counter – at The French Oven, but is also a registered nurse. Currently, she serves as a full-time school nurse at The Bishop’s School and works part-time as an urgent care nurse for Sharp Rees-Stealy.
Parents: Yves and Susie Fournier
Children: Ella (12) and Charlie (9)
Community: Scripps Ranch
Parents’ Hometowns: Yves – Veyrier du Lac, France; Susie – Orange County, CA
Parents’ Occupations: Yves – baking and pastry chef; Susie – registered nurse
Pet: Golden retriever, Lily
Favorite Local Spots: You can often find Yves enjoying a cold beer after work at Pazzo’s or catching lunch at Chile Peppers. As a family, we love hiking through Eucalyptus trees on the canyon trails behind our house or relaxing by the pool in the evenings at Scripps Ranch Swim and Racquet Club.
Yves and Susie are proud parents to 12-year-old Ella and nine-year-old Charlie. “Ella attends Marshall Middle School, is an avid reader, plays piano and volleyball, and loves school,” the couple shared. “Charlie goes to Jerabek Elementary School, is just starting to play baseball, and loves helping his friends.”
Spending time together is a top priority for this active group – they enjoy hiking, swimming at Scripps Ranch Swim and Racquet Club, and frequenting local restaurants. “We also enjoy traveling and love to get away to Sequoia or Mammoth for good hikes and quality time together. And every other year, we try to head back to France to visit Yves’ family in the French Alps. The scenery is breathtaking, and it’s always great to see so many family members,” said Susie. However, the Fourniers always feel lucky to return to Scripps Ranch, a community that they feel is extremely supportive to both their business and their family.