From Fine Dining to the Personal Chef Business with Chef Lana Lagomarsini of Lana Cooks

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About Lana Lagomarsini

On this week’s podcast we’re joined by Lana Lagomarsini. Lana is the chef and owner of Lana Cooks, a personal chef business based in the New York City area. Lana comes from a fine-dining background, having cooked at Blue Hill at Stone Barns, Gramercy Tavern, Daniel, and Momofuku Ko. Like many chefs, when restaurants began shutting down due to Covid, Lana explored the personal chef sector.

On This Week’s Podcast

On the show, we discuss her restaurant background and her transition into the personal chef business. We talk about kitchen culture, finding her culinary voice, and the future she’d like to see in the food industry. Lana also talks about cooking for her community, her involvement in the Black Food Movement, and how African American Cuisines and the slave trade impacted American Cuisine.

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Mr. Bake – Talking Sweets, Cooking on TV and Representation in the Food Media

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This week have Kareem Queeman, better known as Mr. Bake. He’s the owner and operator of Mr. Bake Sweets, a small dessert studio located in Largo, MD. He’s been baking for 20+ years. 

In the years that Mr. Bake Sweets has operated, he’s done a few television appearances on Food Network, Fox, ABC, and Discovery Family. He’s also a 2020 Business of Pride honoree by the Washington Business Journal. Mr. Bake prides himself on diversity, inclusivity, community outreach and always making the world a better place, one cake at a time. 

We discuss: 

·         how he got onto cooking TV shows 

·         representation, especially for chefs of color, and those in the LGBTQ community

·         branding

·         taking your business to the next level

·         baking with cake mixes and using scales

·         so much more…


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Outro music provided by podcast guest Dylan Ubaldo (check out Toyomansi)

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