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 Gigi Market in Red Hook, NY and a regionally expanding catering business, Gigi Catering, serving the Hudson Valley.
Laura has always been an ambassador for the ‘eat local’ movement. 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 twelve 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 the Hudson Valley’s farmers, ranchers and food artisans directly and 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 25 Cookbooks. Laura contributes to numerous national consumer and trade magazines, sharing her flavorful and practical approach to wholesome and healthy eating. Her articles, recipes and ‘tips’ have appeared in Real Simple, Fitness Magazine, In Style, Glamour, Readers Digest, Chicago Tribune, Today’s Diet, Nutrition Nation’s Restaurant News, Food Republic Prevention and Your Way.
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