Lauren Braun Costello

Photo by Frances Janisch

Lauren Braun Costello developed her craft in the kitchens and classrooms of some of the world’s most renowned chefs, and as the owner and Executive Chef of Gotham Caterers in New York City.

Today, Lauren is an author, food stylist, and culinary instructor who has gained both local and national media exposure, including appearances on ABC’s The View, and as the host of’s series, Pantry Challenge. Her recipes and party-planning advice have appeared in The Los Angeles Times and on Nickeleodeon’s, and she has made several television appearances over the years on WNBC’s Today in New York and News 4 You. Lauren’s food styling has been featured in various national and local television broadcasts, including segments for ABC’s The View, The Early Show on CBS, and Fox & Friends.

In 2009, Lauren’s two books were released: Notes on Cooking: A Short Guide to an Essential Craft (June 2009, RCR Creative Press) and The Competent Cook: Essential Tools, Techniques, and Recipes for the Modern At-Home Cook (November 2009, Adams Media). Chef Daniel Boulud says that in Notes on Cooking, Lauren and her co-author "bring you indispensable advice, experience, and know-how of many great chefs." He hails the book as "both inspirational and practical, and a superb addition to the library of any passionate cook." TODAY show health expert and nutritionist Joy Bauer says, "I’ve always been blown away by Lauren’s culinary creations. In The Competent Cook, she teaches basic cooking methods that will maximize nutrition and flavor."

Lauren added a children’s book to her list of published works with the release of Eat Your Breakfast Or Else! (October 2010, Three Puppies Press). She contributed a health-conscious pancake recipe to author Jackie Jafarian Broad’s adventurous and imaginative story of a little boy who would rather play with his rockets than eat his breakfast. In 2012, Notes on Cooking was published by Bassermann in German under the title Die K├╝chentricks der Profis.

Lauren was also the author of a weekly cooking column entitled "The Competent Cook," which appeared on She has served as a recipe tester, most notably for the 75th Anniversary edition of the Joy of Cooking cookbook, working with a team of chefs to test and develop recipes. Prior to her culinary pursuits, she enjoyed a successful career on Wall Street in corporate communications, managing the employee newsletters and intranet sites of Prudential Securities, Goldman Sachs, and Société Générale.

Lauren holds a B.A. from Colgate University and earned a Grand Diploma in Culinary Arts with distinction from The French Culinary Institute (FCI). While studying at FCI (read her alumni profile), she was named a recipient of the Les Dames d’Escoffier scholarship.

She lives in her hometown of New York City with her husband Sean, sons Jonathan and William, and Portuguese Water Dog Bogart.