Hi! I’m Laura.
I am a chef, entrepreneur, blogger, and cookbook author. I am also the founder of Bonicelli Cooking Club and I’m dedicated to helping you #BeAStarInYourKitchen!
Over the years, I’ve written over a thousand recipes, cooked for thousands of people, and trained many home cooks and culinary professionals. Through it all, I have become increasingly aware that many people simply aren’t inspired to get into the kitchen and make cooking a regular part of their lives. Even though there is a lot of information out there, they don’t necessarily have the knowledge, skills, or time it takes to enjoy the process. Experienced cooks have the same challenges, but they have learned to accommodate those challenges. That information is what I want to share with you. Membership in the club is designed to be inspirational, seasonal, and consistent. Not only will we address the basic and not-so-basic aspects of the home kitchen, but we are also going to explore wine, beer, cheese, and many other food-related areas. Do you have something you want to learn more about? I will work to include your interests in the club classes. Everything I do comes from the perspective of a professional chef who has been an avid home cook for 30 years. Explore with me in the Bonicelli Cooking Club.
Here’s a little history….I was born in northern Minnesota in the small town of Chisholm. My grandmother taught my sisters and me to make pasta, ravioli, and gnocchi. Her food was simple and authentic. My father loved perfecting recipes, such as his meatballs and chili. He also LOVED holidays – which was when his special apron would come out! My mother was more of a baker than a cook. I still think her potica is the best I’ve ever had, and her pies were absolutely fantastic! Oh – I should mention that Chisholm had a lot of great cooks – many of whom were friends of my parents….lucky me! So it was inevitable that I develop an interest in and love of food and cooking.
I didn’t embrace the cooking and baking concept right away. I channeled my creativity into music; I sang in bands from the age of 14 and later studied classical music and opera. Slowly, though, I discovered that creativity is not unique to only one type of expression, and I began to embrace my cooking heritage.
The first recipe I ever wrote was my Cranberry Granola recipe. I was 17. It remains one of my signature recipes.
As a young mother, I started to become aware of the tremendous shift in the Americans’ food lifestyle…less and less cooking and more and more convenience food. TV dinners, McDonalds, boxed macaroni and cheese, and Hamburger Helper became mainstays in the American diet. I started to do a lot more cooking at home. I wanted to create creating a healthy environment for my family, and I just loved doing it.
Then I went to Italy. There was no supermarket culture there and no need for an organic classification; Italians wouldn’t ever consider putting chemicals in their food. If food was imported, it was always the best product available! I was and still am so influenced by Italian culture. From that first trip going forward, I started investigating where food comes from locally, as well as how it’s grown and managed. I began to develop local resources and put the farmers’ markets at the top of my shopping list. I committed to making everything from scratch myself.
In 2008 I decided to start a food business focused on fully prepped and delivered meals. That decision came right after a trip to Italy. It took a year or so to test everything and get it up and running. During that time, my husband, photographer Mark LaFavor, and I shot a lot of cooking videos–once a week for a year, to be exact. I launched the business, and I finally landed my first steady client, Minnesota Senator Mark Dayton. I cooked for him during his campaign right until he became the Governor of Minnesota.
My career in food has evolved. Catering was always an essential part of the mix, meal delivery grew, and eventually, Bonicelli Kitchen opened. A lot of food – lots of clients – lots of recipes – and, most of all, lots of learning. So here I am now ready to share it all with you in the Bonicelli Cooking Club.
They say the best teachers are the students that never stop learning. It’s a big world out there, and it’s full of food!
Let’s get cooking!
Chef Laura Bonicelli
This is what I believe in – and why
You are what you eat! Buying good food, local, organic, non-GMO. Sustainable is the foundation of all good cooking. We provide a constant stream of information on what, where, why, and how to buy good food.
I firmly believe that eating food without added salt, sugar, preservatives, antibiotics, and poisons will eliminate many difficult health issues. There is only one way to know what is in your food; make it yourself.
It’s easy to love something that you do well. Sadly, culinary schools and even home-ec classes are disappearing in America. We are experiencing not only a loss of culinary technique, but also a tremendous loss of our culture.
Food is not just fuel. Food is about family, food is about community, food is about identity. And we nourish all of those things when we eat well. Michael Pollan
Chef Laura Bonicelli
Chef and founder
Photographer and Videographer
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Participants and Members
One of my biggest concerns was that the information would be too advanced for me - or not advanced enough. I think Chef Laura is correct. If you love food - you belong here. I have built on my skills and am cooking at a much higher level.
I love the club! I joined in the beginning and have attended almost every single weekly webinar. That's my favorite part - but also - I go back to "The Basics" course all the time. I can never remember how to cut up a chicken - it's all right there for me.
I have a crazy schedule. I joined the club for the Holiday Survival Tool Kit to help me navigate the season. Not only did I go through that course, I also went through the entire Basics course and now I'm hooked on the 28-Day reset. I can't wait to start Baking Basics!