Since graduating from the prestigious Ecole de Cuisine La Varenne in Paris, Laura Washburn Hutton has had a number of careers. In Paris, she worked as an assistant to Patricia Wells. Later, after moving to London, she worked as a Commissioning Editor, overseeing the publications of many cookery books as well as writing numerous publications herself. Opting for a better work-life balance, she has slowed down the pace to be able to 'have the time to actually cook instead of only reading about it'. She now combines writing about food with teaching people how to cook.