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Laura Stec - Innovative Cuisine

LAURA F. STEC

SUMMARY OF QUALIFICATIONS

For over 20 years, through personal and business endeavors, Laura has been dedicated to promoting the positive effect that food can have on personal and planetary health. As a chef, teacher, author, community organizer and entrepreneur, she has seamlessly combined her work in the food and environmental sectors into a unique career path she passionately pursues. Laura has been recognized for exceptional innovation and perception, as well as the ability to motivate others.

LECTURES AND TEACHING (partial list)

  • EcoSpeakers.com
  • Kaiser Permanente Medical Centers
  • Kaiser Permanente HealthWorks
  • IRCCS (Bari, Italy)
  • Whole Foods Market
  • Roche
  • Sun Microsystems
  • Wilson, Sonsini, Goodrich and Rosati
  • American Medical Women's Association
  • Santa Clara County Medical Foundation
  • San Mateo County Health Department
  • George Lucas - Letterman Center / Guckenheimer
  • Stanford Hospital
  • IBM
  • O'Connor Hospital
  • Bloomingdales
  • Silicon Graphics
  • The Health Trust
  • Culinary Institute of America
  • Lawrence Livermore Lab
  • Loews Hotels

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

  • Corporate Chef - Pescadero Foods, Inc., 2011 - c
    Author - Cool Cuisine: Taking the Bite out of Global Warming, 2008
    Culinary Health Educator - Kaiser Permanente, Northern CA, 2003 - c
    Executive chef - Laura Stec - Innovative Cuisine, Portola Valley, CA, 2000 - c
    Membership/Development - Acterra, Palo Alto, CA, 1994-1998 / 2001 - 2011
    Chef Instructor/ MarCom Director - LifeLong Inc., San Jose, CA, 2000 - 2003
    Public Relations Director - Eden Foods, Clinton, MI, 1999 - 2000
    Chef - Left Bank, Flea Street Café, GOMF, Spoons, Alfalfa's, Seva's, etc., '89-'00

BUSINESS DEVELOPLMENT/PROJECT MANAGEMENT

2011-12: Pescadero Foods, Inc.
2008: Acterra, Palo Alto, CA (1994-2011)
2003: Planet on Our Plate - Foundation for Global Community, Palo Alto, CA
1998: Healthy Schools Lunch Program - Human Society, Palo Alto, CA
1996-97: Earth Day: Forests for the Future, High School's Group, YEA! (Youth for Environmental Action!),
EEAT (Environmental Eating Action Team), Decadent Dinner Parties - Bay Area Action, Palo Alto, CA
1987-96: Eco-Eaters, Arcata, CA, Healing Arts Productions, Los Angeles, CA, Bike Week, Palo Alto, CA

Marketing Communications

Experience in marketing plan development, business identities, communication and PR campaigns, marketing collateral. Developed stories for press and broadcast media. Media spokesperson; generated extensive press coverage. Grew entrepreneurial business maintaining long-term clientele.

Membership/Development

Developed and managed database(s) and outreach systems for 501c3 ($1.5 million budget). Increased membership by 10% annually. Managed staff.

Community Development

Activated 17,000+ supporters into 45,000+ service hours for environmental and other causes. Enhanced efficiency by facilitating welcoming atmosphere and volunteer empowerment!

ORGANIC PRODUCT AND CORPORATE SUPPORT

  • Speaker - Loews Hotels / Patrick Henry Creative Promotions
  • Featured chef - CA Farmers Markets, Kaiser Farmers Markets
  • Judge - San Mateo County Fair Culinary Arts Division
  • Chef & TV host - From the Farm
  • Product developer - Earth Meals, Ideo

EDUCATION AND TRAINING

  • Business Associates, Foothill College, Los Altos, CA
  • Culinary Institute of America, St. Helena, CA
  • Vega Macrobiotic Study Center, Oroville, CA
  • School of Natural Cookery, Boulder, CO
  • B.A., Marketing Communications, Michigan State University, MI
  • B.A. Theatre, Michigan State University, MI

ADVISORY BOARD AND PROFESSIONAL SOCIETY AFFILIATES

  • San Francisco Professional Food Society
  • LifeLong Inc.
  • Acterra / Bay Area Action
  • George Ohsawa Macrobiotic Foundation
  • Chefs Collaborative