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Chef Laura Frankel – Kosher Turkey Talk Expert

laurapix1LAURA FRANKEL is the Executive Chef at Wolfgang Puck Kosher Catering at the Spertus Institute for Jewish studies in Chicago. She is the author of Jewish Cooking For All Seasons (Wiley) and Jewish Slow Cooker Recipes (Wiley – read the KosherEye feature on this popular cookbook). Frankel is an avid farmer’s market supporter, giving demos and teaching classes all over the country featuring market produce.

Frankel is the former chef and founder of the Shallots restaurants. She has training and extensive experience in both savory and pastry kitchens. After Frankel had a family and began maintaining a kosher home she found that there was nowhere in Chicago serving the quality of food that she knew she could offer. She opened her first restaurant in 1999, offering kosher fine dining with a produce-driven menu. Frankel opened Shallots NY in 2000 in midtown Manhattan. In 2004, she moved her Chicago restaurant to Skokie, (a suburb with a large Jewish population outside of Chicago) and created Shallots Bistro.

Before committing herself to her culinary passion, she played and taught both alto and baritone saxophones professionally. Frankel has three children: Zachary (24), Ari (21) and Jonah (17), who all love to cook and eat great food.

Her website is www.ChefLauraskosher.com. Follow her on Twitter: cheflaura1


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