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Lauren Braun Costello is The Competent Cook.

Lauren is the host of AOL’s hit cooking series, Pantry Challenge, on, now a part of Huffington Post. Watch her help moms cook delicious and inventive foods for their families with ingredients they already have on hand in their pantries.

After graduating from The French Culinary Institute (read her alumni profile), Lauren founded Gotham Caterers in 2002, catering some of New York’s most intimate high-profile events. Today she is an accomplished author, as well as a passionate and knowledgeable teacher. Lauren also works as a food stylist and culinary producer for various national and local television broadcasts, including segments for The View and The Early Show on CBS.

Lauren’s two books were published in 2009: Notes on Cooking: A Short Guide to an Essential Craft and The Competent Cook: Essential Tools, Techniques, and Recipes for the Modern At-Home Cook. Buy these books today!

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