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.

This Week’s Sponsor

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Pastry Chef Erin Kanagy-Loux – Drawing Inspiration from Her Japanese, Amish and Pennsylvania Dutch Heritage

About Erin Kanagy-Loux

Over the last 20 years, Erin Kanagy-Loux has worked in various arms of the hospitality industry, most recently as the Executive Pastry Chef for Union Square Events, and Reynard at the Wythe Hotel. She’s a first-generation Japanese American that grew up with a heavy sprinkle of Amish and Pennsylvania Dutch Heritage. Her memories, experiences, and love of flavor have shaped the unique cultural background she draws her creative inspirations from. She is most recognized for her work in celebration and wedding cakes, and has been featured in NY Magazine Weddings. Erin competed in Valrhona Chocolate’s first USA-hosted C3 Competition and received the bronze Press Prize. In addition to her technical skills, she has honed her skills as a coach and teacher through her experience as an instructor at the International Culinary Center, California Culinary Academy, and the Western Culinary Institute of Portland. Past colleagues often refer to Erin as “The MacGyver of Pastry”, which has helped her in the ever-changing world of food.

On This Week’s Podcast

On the show, we discuss her upbringing, and how it shaped her culinary style. We talk about her career path, and her role as a culinary instructor, which now includes virtual instruction. Found out what her favorite ingredient is, and how to work fish sauce into a dessert.

This Week’s Sponsor

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