Chef Monica is a charismatic celebrity chef, who has competed and entertained audiences locally and nationally on platforms such as Food Network’s Guy’s Grocery Games, Cutthroat Kitchen and a guest on Chef Jeff Henderson’s Flip My Food. She hosts cooking classes for youth, hospice survivors, and families of domestic violence, executive teams, suicide prevention, churches, seniors, girl’s night out, and other special occasions.
Her company, Chef Monica Blends, released its signature spice line in 2018. Chef's Spice Blends can be purchased on Amazon Prime and at the Southern Women’s Show. Chef Monica inspires audiences with her personal mission of “bringing families back to the table”. She loves encouraging families to cook at home more often with fresh ingredients, creating healthier eating habits. Her #Eat2LiveLonger campaign encourages families to gather at the kitchen table, eat more meals that are farm-to-fork, and create a sustainable healthy eating lifestyle. She has challenged herself to take classic southern dishes and make them a little lighter with fresh foods and fusing them with other cuisines.
Holy Angels is about providing quality care and innovative services for the 100+ children and adults they serve – helping them reach their full potential. Since 1955, Holy Angels has been dedicated to providing loving and compassionate care, learning programs, and high-quality living opportunities through innovative and internationally recognized programs for the differently able. The array of services include residential living, day services, supported employment opportunities, medical services, physical therapy, special education and habilitation services, creative arts, recreation, spiritual opportunities and family support services.
Holy Angels is dependent on donations to operate and to provide the highest quality care to individuals regardless of their diagnosis, problems or financial status.
Chef Monica is the proud host of the Cooking Stage at the 2020 Southern Women’s Show. Stop by the stage or her exhibit space to sample her delicious creations and take home great tips for your own kitchen!
Outside of cooking, hosting, and party planning, Laura can be found organizing a women's meeting at church, getting wicked sunburns, making frequent stops for Wendy’s Frostys, re-decorating her mantle, listening to iTunes French lessons, and her most favorite of all- enjoying her hubby Matt’s Famous Pimento Cheese on Captain’s Wafers.
When Laura is not creating amazing food for her clients, she can usually be found refolding towels, watching NatGeo Wild, not sharing her French fries, and fussing about bugs. She routinely dances in her socks around the kitchen with her 5 year old daughter, AnnMarie.
She of course loves the usual things – cooking, decorating, meeting people, taking long walks on the beach, reading trashy romance novels, cheese on everything, and Disney princesses.
If you are in for boutique catering or cooking lessons and want to work with an awesome person – Call Chef Laura. She has a dream team of cooks and servers to make your event Perfect! And will charm your friends with her witty wild side.
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Join them on the Culinary & Create Stage as they host Sarah Copeland from Craft; Shaine Berndt from Berndt Ends Bbq; Kathy Godwin with Kathy's Table and Garrett Ley with The Fish Company.
Their TV show airs on CW 17 Jacksonville on Sundays at 6.30 PM. In addition, they do a lot of online video production, including a weekly Facebook Live show .