Laura was raised in a suburb east of Cleveland, Ohio. She started working in the family business - Fitness and You at the age of 12. She helped lead exercise to music classes in regional adult ed programs with her mom and sisters for 18 years. Laura attended Bonnie Prudden's Institute for Fitness in 1979 to enhance her training.
Laura studied Elementary Education with a focus on Learning Disabilities and Behavioral Disorders at the University of Dayton. After college, she worked with a group of Orthopedic Surgeons. In 1990, she began work as Graduate Medical Education Coordinator for the world renown Cleveland Clinic's Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery. Working with residents and fellows - many from across the USA and other countries - expanded her interests in regional and international cuisines. Laura transferred to the Department of Colorectal Surgery during which time she was honored with the Employee of the Year award.
In 1997, she was recruited to Baltimore, Maryland where she helped develop a cardiac service line for a rapidly expanding group of regional hospitals. Ms. Cotton worked as Director of Physician Relations before trading her business attire for an apron.
After completing the United States Personal Chef Association's (USPCA) training program, Chef Laura's calendar became filled with clients who scheduled the service on a regular basis.
Laura was the founding president of the USPCA’s Chesapeake
Chapter. Ms. Cotton taught new personal chefs as an official Mentor, participated in regional and
national conferences as a speaker, served on the USPCA’s National Advisory Council and
was featured on the cover of the September 2004 issue of Personal Chef
In 2007, she moved to Indianapolis where she balanced work as Family Medicine Residency Program coordinator with personal chef clients who were on a special diet.
After a year of domestic travel, Laura is thrilled to be back in her hometown and cooking for clients in the Cleveland area.