Laura Calder

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Laura Calder (born April 20,[1] 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.

Personal life[edit]

Calder was born in Saint John, New Brunswick, on April 21, 1970. (reference Laura's mother) [2] and raised in Long Reach on Kingston Peninsula, the southern part of New Brunswick.[3] She later left New Brunswick to attend Concordia University in Montreal. 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 Canada to a job in PR, but left the position to enroll 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.[4]


Year Show Role Notes
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[edit]

James Beard Award for Best food television show in a fixed location


  • 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)

Paris Express: simple food from the city of style, HarperCollins Publishers Ltd. 2014


  1. ^ Twitter status from Calder April 20, 2012
  2. ^ Nightingale, Marie. "French Flair". Saltscapes. Retrieved 16 October 2013. 
  3. ^ Roper, Harrison (November 1, 2008). "Don't Talk About It!". Friends Journal. Friends Publishing Corporation. Retrieved 16 October 2013. 
  4. ^ "About Laura". 

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