Laura Manzano is a freelance food stylist, recipe developer, and writer living in Brooklyn, New York. Her favorite food is all sandwiches.
Laura grew up in the restaurant industry—her father is a chef and restaurant owner in Florida, so she was working on the line in the kitchen of his 160-seat restaurant from the time she was thirteen (her first shift was a Friday night in peak season - literal baptism by fire).
She studied writing at college in Virginia, and moved to New York immediately afterward to attend NYU's Summer Publishing Institute. She quickly found herself back in food again, working for iconic NY-based pizza chain Two Boots (another family owned business!), in their East Village headquarters.
Soon after, she joined meal kit Marley Spoon, right on the brink of launching their partnership with Martha Stewart. There, she managed the test kitchen, produced photoshoots, styled food and props, tested recipes, a bunch of other stuff, and then some more stuff on top of that because it was a startup. After a few years there, she left to work at an agriturismo in Tuscany for a few months, and returned to New York to begin a freelance career that now keeps her excited about and engaged with food every single day.
Laura received her BA in English and creative writing from The College of William and Mary in Virginia. This does not mean she is a good speller.
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