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 to parents John and Doris Calder,[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. While at Concordia she enlisted in the army for two years serving during the summers and weekends while she finished up at Concordia. 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 Toronto to a job in PR. Hating her job in the corporate world, she quit her job and enrolled 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]

After a decade of living in France, she is now based in Toronto.[4]


2007-2010French Food at HomeHost
2007The Chateau Dinner, French Food At Home SpecialHerself
2008Twas the Night Before Dinner Christmas SpecialHerselfChristmas special with Bob Blumer, Anthony Sedlak, Anna Olson, and Ricardo Larrivée
2011Iron Chef AmericaHerself/JudgeBattle mussels, Battle caviar
Top Chef CanadaHerself/Guest judgeEpisode "The French Feast"
Judged the elimination challenge
Recipe to RichesHerself/Judge

Awards and nominations[edit]



  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. ^ a b "About Laura". 

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