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Laura Calder (born April 20, 1970) is the host of the James Beard Award-winning series French Food at Home, airing on Food Network Canada, The Cooking Channel, and other international stations. She is also a judge on Recipe to Riches, a reality series on Food Network Canada, and has been a guest judge on both Top Chef Canada and Iron Chef America.
Calder is the author of French Food at Home, as well as the bestselling French Taste: Elegant, Everyday, Eating, which won the Cuisine Canada gold medal. Her latest release is Dinner Chez Moi: The Fine Art of Feeding Friends. Laura was recently honoured with the Ordre National du Mérite Agricole by the French government.
Calder was born in Saint John, New Brunswick to parents John and Doris Calder, and raised in Long Reach on Kingston Peninsula, the southern part of New Brunswick. She later left New Brunswick to attend Concordia University in Montreal. While at Concordia she enlisted in the army for two years serving during the summers and weekends while she finished up at Concordia. She later attended York University in Toronto, and then the London School of Economics in the U.K after a stint as a sports reporter for a New Brunswick newspaper. After London, she returned to Toronto to a job in PR. Hating her job in the corporate world, she quit her job and enrolled in a cooking school in Vancouver at the Dubrulle Culinary Institute. She later honed her cooking skills at the Ecole de Cuisine La Varenne in France.
|2007-2010||French Food at Home||Host|
|2007||The Chateau Dinner, French Food At Home Special||Herself|
|2008||Twas the Night Before Dinner Christmas Special||Herself||Christmas special with Bob Blumer, Anthony Sedlak, Anna Olson, and Ricardo Larrivée|
|2011||Iron Chef America||Herself/Judge||Battle mussels, Battle caviar|
|Top Chef Canada||Herself/Guest judge||Episode "The French Feast"
Judged the elimination challenge
|Recipe to Riches||Herself/Judge|
Awards and nominations
- 2009: Canada Cuisine — Gold Medal for French Taste: Elegant, Everyday, Eating
- 2009: Ordre National du Mérite agricole
- French Food At Home, (ISBN 0060087714, 2003)
- French Taste: Elegant Everyday Eating, HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, (ISBN 1554681022, 2009)
- Dinner Chez Moi: the Fine Art of Feeding Friends, HarperCollins Publishers Ltd (ISBN 1554689023, 2011)