Laura Calder was born and raised in Eastern Canada. She attended university in Canada and the U.K., and began her career in journalism before turning to food, studying at the Dubrulle Culinary Institute in Vancouver and at Ecole de Cuisine LaVarenne in France. Calder is author of the cookbooks French Food at Home and French Taste, the latter of which was awarded gold at the Canadian Culinary Cookbook Awards in 2010. Her next book, Dinner Chez Moi was released in September 2011.
Calder wrote and hosted 78 episodes of the Food Network series (airing worldwide) French Food at Home, which won a James Beard Award for best food television show in a fixed location. She also hosted the James Beard nominated one-hour special, The Château Dinner, and was a participating host in the Food Network Canada Christmas special, 'Twas the Night Before Dinner.
After having spent a decade in France, Calder now lives in Toronto.