My name is Lauren McElroy and I am a die-hard foodie. As a sixth-generation Texan, I grew up on good ol' southern cooking (chicken fried steak, beef bbq, Frito pie, shrimp gumbo, etc.). I started out cooking with both my grandmothers and the passion for food (especially comfort foods) helped spark my absolute LOVE for cooking.
After graduating high school, I moved out to Fort Collins, Colorado where I received a Bachelors degree in Business Marketing (and a "minor" in snowboarding) from Colorado State University. After college, I worked in sales, marketing for real estate companies and graphic design for the mountain newspapers. I found myself moving all over the state, learning, snowboarding, and enjoying all types of cuisine.
At the end of 2008, I went for the marketing career when I took on a "Vice President of Marketing" position for a brand new pharmaceutical dispensing company out of Chicago. After 2 labor-intensive years of learning every aspect of the marketing, graphic design and the pharmaceutical business, endless concerts, and of course wining and dining, I decided to rediscover the SUN & followed my mother and grandmother to the sunny state of Florida to really incorporate something that I had been passionate about all along: FOOD.
In 2013, I earned my Associates in Culinary Arts degree from Keiser University's Culinary Arts Program. I have since worked hot line, pantry, sandwiches, deli, customer service, and catering jobs at both high-end resorts and gourmet markets.
I love creating new dishes and changing up the common comfort foods I grew up on by adidng my own personal twist. By definition, New American Foods are a fusion of old school American recipes and innovative seasonings or fresh ingredients. Thereby defining the epitomy of my cooking style and the perfect name to describe my website and new personal chef business!
After 4 years in sunny, South Florida, I decided to return to my happy place: Vail, Colorado. I am a die-hard snowboarder, camping enthusiast, white water rafter, & adventure-seeker and am happy to call the Vail Valley home once again.
Follow me on my blog at http://www.newamericanfoods.blogspot.com
Check out my new STOREFRONT in Edwards Riverwalk: Lauren's Kitchen
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