About Laura P
Laura’s culinary career began on her Italian grandmother’s lap as she rolled homemade pasta, kneaded focaccia, stewed Bolognese sauce, sliced biscotti and pressed pizzelles. It picked up a few decades later at 10-week cooking class at Home Chef in San Francisco in early 1997 and followed with culinary trips to France and Italy. In 2003, Laura graduated from the French Culinary Institute (now International Culinary Center) led by Chefs Jacques Pépin, André Soltner and Alain Sailhac, and Andrea Robinson, MS. In New York, Laura cooked for and assisted some of the world's best chefs, many at the renowned James Beard House, including Eric Bedousha (Financier), Mario Lohninger (Danube, David Bouley), Morimoto (Morimoto and Iron Chef), Mark Franz & Emily Luchetti (Farallon), Michael Romano (Union Square Cafe), Mario Batali (Babbo), Marcella Hazan, Jonathan Cartwright (White Barn Inn), Martin Heierling (Bellagio, Sensi), Dave Pasternak (Esca), Richard Reddington (Redd, Auberge du Soleil), and Alice Waters (Chez Panisse). After graduating from cooking school, Laura cooked at Farallon in San Francisco and then was back kitchen chef on Jacques Pépin's PBS cooking show, "Fast Food, My Way". She moved to France in May 2004 where she cooked her way around the country from the Côte d'Azur cooking at the Cannes Film Festival to a lobster boat in Brittany to the world famous Pierre Hermé Patisserie to the 3 Michelin star Four Seasons George V. Laura cooked for the legendary Olivia De Havilland and was the chef at the chateau featured in the DaVinci Code movie, the highlight being on set during the filming. She returned home from France to work on Jacques Pepin’s follow up PBS television series, "More Fast Food, My Way", as prop and food stylist. Laura published her first book, “My Keyboard for a Cutting Board ~ Adventures in a French Kitchen v1.0”, highlighting her first three months cooking in France. Laura returned to Paris giving market tours and private cooking lessons and writing weekly dispatches for KQED’s food website, Bay Area Bites, sharing her culinary life in Paris. Now firmly planted back in San Francisco, Laura’s culinary experiences have included: recipe development for Meredith’s Better Homes and Garden magazine, teaching cooking classes at Williams Sonoma on Union Square, board member (marketing chair) of the San Francisco Professional Food Society, back kitchen cook on Jacques Pepin’s last PBS television series, “Heart and Soul” to name a few. She also continues to teach as guest chef at La Cocina Que Canta, the cooking school at Rancho la Puerta, the #1 rated health spa in the world by Condé Nast Travel and Leisure. To round out her culinary background and integrate her love of wine into her cooking, Laura most recently received her Certified Sommelier pin from the Court of Master Sommeliers. Cheers!