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Communication, couture, cuisine and fashion form the threads weaving the past, present and future of Seattle native and longtime Paris resident Cheryl Pegues.  A graduate of The Evergreen State College, she received her degree in Fine Arts and Arts Administration in 1977. Working briefly as a graphic arts assistant, and then on the waters off the Aleutian Islands on processing barges, she quit Seattle for Paris in 1981, beginning her long love affair with France.

Her work as an au pair (nanny) led to her first catering jobs in Paris, then in 1984 she was named chef of 14th arrondisement restaurant Les Petite Sorcières (quite a feat for an African-American back then), the first of several restaurants she successfully presided over in Paris.

Returning to the US in 1984, Cheryl was chef du rang at Chanterelle Caterers in Washington D.C. where she had the privilege of training in pastry with Anne Ammernick, former assistant pastry chef at the White House. Cheryl was next Bar Chef at the Alexis Hotel in Seattle; eventually catering private dinner parties to a select clientele, and working as a private chef for a succession of Seattle millionaires during the next several years. Her first teaching experiences were in Evening Programs at SCC College in Seattle, where she taught a highly successful series cooking classes (in the heady era of “nouvelle cuisine”) for 4 years.

Moving into fashion in the 1990’s, Cheryl graduated from the SCCC Apparel Design Program in 1993, and returned to Paris once again to finish her studies in at the prestigious Ecole de la Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisiènne (alma mater of Yves St. Laurent and Jean-Paul Gaultier) where she received her certificate in Moulage sur le mannequin (draping on the mannequin) in 1995.

Taking up legal residence in France, and establishing an atelier in the Parisian suburb of Bagneux, Cheryl developed patterns for designer prototypes, and designed and produced costumes for musicals, advertising and theatre. She taught and lectured in France and in the U.S. with the American Sewer’s Guild, San Francisco’s Sewing Workshop, the SCCC Apparel Design Program, and various private workshops for U.S. schools and fashion tourists. She eventually created her own line of fashion accessories that she insists on selling herself through trunk shows and holiday boutiques, where she can meet and interact with her clients.

Fashion steered Cheryl into recruitment by an exclusive program teaching specialized English to members of AFDAS, a national union for performers, writers, producers and technicians in the French entertainment industry.  Five years of two-week workshops provided her with a unique window on the mechanisms governing communication in French and English, and an outstanding opportunity to increasingly center language training on perception and confidence-building, rather than content. Realizing that this work amounted to a vocation, she has since branched into journalism, cinema, television, marketing, and advertising as a cultural facilitator, production consultant, dialogue coach and specific English translator, additionally training francophone business executives and other coaches and consultants in her specialty: the “culture de la langue” (the culture of language itself).

Ms. Pegues currently resides in St. Maur-des-Fossés, a historic and leafy Parisian suburb encircled by the river Marne.

Cheryl Pegues

5 Comments leave one →
  1. Judie Hensel permalink
    May 22, 2016 21:51

    Hello Cheryl, I really enjoy your blog. Did you by any chance attend Cleveland High School in Seattle?

    • May 22, 2016 21:58

      Yes, Judie, I did attend Cleveland. Class of 1973. Thanks so much, and pleased you enjoy the blog. I was happy to begin blogging years ago, then got caught up in the rest of life and other priorities. But I try to add something from time to time – your comment has given me new impetus! My best to you –

  2. Judie Hensel permalink
    May 22, 2016 22:00

    how wonderful! Do you remember Mr Landon? Im his oldest daughter, class of 1963!!

  3. May 22, 2016 22:16

    Of course I do! Though oddly, I can’t recall if I ever had him for Social Studies or his classes if I did – I think the year I did, he had a teaching assistant that taught the class – somebody the district sent in for just a year. But your father was a popular teacher, though more “old school” than many at that watershed moment of the early ’70s, and the wild, fun years with Bill Maynard. We were fortunate in having both the great, caring teachers and wonderful administrative environment we did at Cleveland in my years there. We had cool classes (ceramics, auto mechanics, swimming – we had to take a bus to Garfield for the pool! – gymnastics, fantastic biology and chemistry classes, and fabulous extra-curricular stuff like the African Dancers or those Leadership Conferences at Longmire, or Deception Pass). Still keep in touch with many of my friends from Cleveland. Is your father still living? He would be quite old, but I wouldn’t be surprised!

  4. Judie Hensel permalink
    May 22, 2016 22:33

    Dad passed away in January of 2013. He was 98 years old! Up to the end of his life he was as chipper and in his element never forgetting any of his students. He loved hearing about them, what they have done with their lives etc. He kept in touch with many of them who visited him over the years after his retirement. He was certainly a very different kind of teacher. I had him for one class, contemporary problems and he was real tough with me because I was his daughter and he never let things get easy for me. I had to work so hard to get the B+ I got in his class. He didn’t want to show any favoritism so I was denied the grade I worked so hard for. Today I look back and see the wisdom of that. He wasn’t trying to be unfair, just the opposite and I learned alot about study habits in his class! I remember if you did well on testing each week you didn’t have to take the final test. That was a fair call!

    Cleveland was a school like no other. I feel I was blessed to have attended there. The school, the students, the teachers, the atmosphere was incredible. I do not remember ever having a problem with race there. We were all brothers and sisters and loved everybody, well almost everybody LOL.

    I remember dad had a class or something to that affect after I graduated about the black panthers sitting in one of his classes? I don’t remember much about it but I think it was incredible that he had that experience. Sometimes I look back and marvel at the fact we lived in the best of times. And I do miss them when it comes to the problems we have today. You are so fortunate to be able to live in Paris! Wow! how blessed you are! My daughter and her family were just there a few months ago. I would have loved for her to meet you!

    Id love to keep in touch with you and learn more about what you do and what makes you tick!! How wonderful it is to meet someone online Ive never met in person but who attended the very school I graduated from. This just does not happen!


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