Laura Pensiero is a chef and creator of the Just Salad menu. She has worked hard to
bring you choices that are healthy, fun and unique! Laura combines her culinary and
nutrition expertise across a diverse range of food and health industries. A graduate
of the French Culinary Institute, Laura is also a cookbook author, nutrition and
culinary consultant, registered dietitian, health educator and ‘eat local’ industry
spokesperson. Through her flagship organization, Gigi Hudson Valley, Laura
owns the award-winning restaurant, Gigi Trattoria in Rhinebeck, New York, a
beloved local cafe, Gigi Market in Red Hook, NY and a regionally expanding catering
business, Gigi Catering, serving the Hudson Valley.
Laura comes by her ‘eat local’ credentials honestly. Gigi Trattoria was one of the
first restaurants in the Hudson Valley to source the bulk of its ingredients from local
suppliers from its inception nearly ten years ago.
Laura’s efforts have been recognized locally and nationally. In May 2005, O,
The Oprah Magazine named Laura one of the “Five Most Giving and Gifted Food
Professionals” for her work as a nutrition and culinary educator. She is a deeply
committed supporter of Hudson Valley farmers, ranchers, and food artisans
through her writing and educational outreach. As a passionate
spokesperson, Laura coauthored “The Strang Cancer Prevention Center Cookbook”
and most recently “Hudson Valley Mediterranean: The Gigi Good Food Cookbook”
which was named one of Food and Wine’s Top 10 cookbooks for 2009. She is also a
frequent contributor to Shape, Prevention, Today’s Diet and Nutrition, O, The Oprah
Magazine, and Figure magazines. Her articles have appeared in Real Simple, Fitness
Magazine and Your Way.
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