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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. 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.
Calder was born in Saint John, New Brunswick, and raised in Long Reach on Kingston Peninsula, the southern part of New Brunswick. 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.
|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: James Beard Foundation Award — Nominated for Best Television Food Show, National and Local 
- 2010: Taste Canada — Winner of Gold Medal for Cookbook: French Taste: Elegant Everyday Eating 
- 2010: James Beard Foundation Award — Winner of Best Television Show, In Studio or Fixed Location for French Food at Home 
- 2011: Awarded Order of Agricultural Merit 
- 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)
- "Award Winners - Taste Canada AwardsTaste Canada Awards". tastecanada.org. Retrieved 2017-05-12.
- Gazette, Government of Canada, Public Works and Government Services Canada, Public Services and Procurement Canada, Integrated Services Branch, Canada. "ARCHIVED — Canada Gazette – GOVERNMENT HOUSE". www.gazette.gc.ca. Retrieved 2017-05-12.
- "About Laura". LauraCalder.com. Archived from the original on 2010-09-06. Retrieved 2011-12-14.
- Nightingale, Marie. "French Flair". Saltscapes. Retrieved 16 October 2013.
- Roper, Harrison (November 1, 2008). "Don't Talk About It!". Friends Journal. Friends Publishing Corporation. Retrieved 16 October 2013.
- "Awards Search | James Beard Foundation". Retrieved 2017-05-12.