Laura Calder

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Laura Calder is the author of French Food at Home. She also wrote the bestselling French Taste: Elegant, Everyday, Eating, which won the 2010 Taste Canada gold medal for Cookbook.[1] Her latest release is Dinner Chez Moi: The Fine Art of Feeding Friends.

Calder was 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.

In 2011, the Canadian government announced that Calder had received the Order of Agricultural Merit from the French government, in the standing of knight.[2][3]

Personal life[edit]

Calder was born in Saint John, New Brunswick,[4] and raised in Long Reach on Kingston Peninsula, the southern part of New Brunswick.[5] She left New Brunswick to attend Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec. She also attended York University in Toronto, and the London School of Economics in the U.K., after a stint as a sports reporter for a New Brunswick newspaper. Leaving London to return to Canada, Calder took a job in PR, but left that position to enroll in the Dubrulle Culinary Institute, a cooking school in Vancouver. She then honed her cooking skills at the Ecole de Cuisine La Varenne in France.[3]


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]


  • 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 ISBN 9781443420204
  • The Inviting Life: An Inspirational Guide to Homemaking, Hosting and Opening the Door to Happiness, Doubleday Canada (ISBN 9780147530523, 2017)


  1. ^ a b "Award Winners - Taste Canada AwardsTaste Canada Awards". Retrieved 2017-05-12.
  2. ^ a b Gazette, Government of Canada, Public Works and Government Services Canada, Public Services and Procurement Canada, Integrated Services Branch, Canada. "ARCHIVED — Canada Gazette – GOVERNMENT HOUSE". Retrieved 2017-05-12.
  3. ^ a b c "About Laura". Archived from the original on 2010-09-06. Retrieved 2011-12-14.
  4. ^ Nightingale, Marie. "French Flair". Saltscapes. Retrieved 16 October 2013.
  5. ^ Roper, Harrison (November 1, 2008). "Don't Talk About It!". Friends Journal. Friends Publishing Corporation. Retrieved 16 October 2013.
  6. ^ a b "Awards Search | James Beard Foundation". Retrieved 2017-05-12.

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