Laura L. Cotton Personal Chef Service
Contact: 440 423 0427

What's for Dinner?

Healthful, Affordable, Delicious Meals - prepared in your home

From Health care to Culinary Arts

About the Chef

I have long been passionate about food.  As a child, I cooked with my Grandma Kern and Grandmother Cotton - a variety of Eastern European foods and traditional American classics. Wanting to learn more about international cuisines and culinary techniques, I chartered a Gourmet Club in 1990 to share my hospitality and creations with friends. I joyfully spent years exploring new recipes, taking classes and refining my skills.

When a friend shared information about the personal chef service concept, I felt at home for the first time in my professional life. After cooking for family, friends and colleagues, many suggested I leave the health care industry to pursue a career in the culinary arts. I believe the flexibility and creativity this field provides satisfies my soul without living the hectic schedule of a restaurant chef or caterer.

In 1999, I completed the United States Personal Chef Association's (USPCA) training program.  A year later, I networked with others in the Baltimore region to form the USPCA’s Chesapeake Chapter as founding president.  In 2001, I passed the exam and completed the requirements including the ServeSafe course to become a Certified Personal Chef (CPC).

Once my service was well established, I participated in the Mentor program - teaching those new to the field.  I was a local, regional and national conference speaker, served on the USPCA’s National Advisory Council and was featured on the cover of the September 2004 issue of Personal Chef Magazine.

Outside of the association, I had fun working with Washington DC’s NBC4 as a guest chef for their regular “tricks of the trade” segments.

When not in the kitchen, I enjoy spending time with family and friends.  I savor the outdoors - especially sailboat racing and kayaking.  As often as possible, I like to expand my horizons via domestic and international travel.