Laura LeeChef Instructor, Caterer & Food Stylist - San Francisco Bay Area, CAPersonal MissionTo help my students truly understand how and why something works. Two different skill sets that are both critical to finding joy and success in the kitchen.Unique SpecialtyCombining flavors and textures, especially in food and wine paring, cheese making, bread baking, and cooking over a live fire!Other PassionsCreating a line of caramel candies, scuba diving, gardening, raising chickens, traveling as much as possible. And of course, dining out!Websitehttp://www.cheflauralee.com/
Wine Country Chef Laura Lee has an impressive wealth of knowledge and experience in restaurants, catering and culinary instruction that stretches over two decades. She started her career as a partner in The Plaza Café Company operating a 150-seat restaurant in Carmel-By-The-Sea and over the next 6 years, she would go on to develop a catering business, two additional restaurants and a thriving restaurant consulting business.
In 1995 Chef Laura turned her attention to teaching and spent the next 5 years with Home Chef Cooking School as an Instructor and Manager of Curriculum Development.
It was an interest in food and wine pairing that brought Chef Lee to the wine country where she worked first as the Chef de Cuisine at Simi Winery, and later provided wine-centric catering for other exclusive wineries in Sonoma and Napa counties. As the Executive Chef, she went on to develop the Food and Wine Pairing Culinary Experience at Signorello Vineyards in Napa.
In 2008, Chef Lee returned to teaching as Chef Instructor at the Napa Valley Cooking School . Her determination to lessen the industry's impact on the environment led to the installation of an organic garden, laying hens, recycle and composting systems. By overhauling curriculum she was able to bridge classic technique with sustainable practices.
Laura Lee is a Chef with an eye on the future of the culinary industry. She has a sincere commitment to create food that empowers people with the knowledge that every food choice they make has an impact on the health and sustainability of our world. She is currently working as a Private Chef for exclusive vacation homes throughout wine country. When Laura is not teaching a novel twist on a classic dish, she spends time with her family, travels with her famous chef husband, and enjoys life with good wine and good friends. When Laura says food is her life, she is not just saying it.
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