LAURA FRANKEL is the former chef and founder of the Shallots restaurants. Frankel has training and extensive experience in both savory and pastry kitchens. After Frankel had a family and began maintaining a kosher home she found that there was nowhere in Chicago serving the quality of food that she knew she could offer. She opened her first restaurant in 1999 offering kosher fine dining with a produce-driven menu. Frankel opened Shallots NY in 2000 in Mid-town Manhattan. Frankel has run restaurants in Chicago and New York and has taught cooking classes across the country. She is the author of JEWISH COOKING FOR ALL SEASONS, (John Wiley and Sons) and JEWISH SLOW COOKER RECIPES (John Wiley and Sons) due out August 2009. Frankel currently serves as the Executive Chef at the Spertus Kosher Catering Featuring Cuisine by Wolfgang Puck at the Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies in Chicago. An avid Green City Market fan and supporter, Frankel shares her recipes on her blog @ www.Lauraskosher.com. Before committing herself to her culinary passion, she played both alto and baritone saxophones. She taught and played professionally. Frankel has 3 children. Zachary-22, Ari-19 and Jonah-15 who all love to cook and eat great food!