TV Show

CAUTION! Entering cooking contests that require a video to be submitted with the application may just lead to hosting your own television show. That’s how Laurie Figone became the host of her own cooking show, Cooking with Laurie.

Laurie decided to enter some of her recipes in various contest, but had a problem when they required a video of her making the dish she was entering. She was lucky to have a neighbor whose hobby was videography. Many entries and videos later, the neighbor told her that she should have her own cooking show. Though she thought he was a bit crazy, he approached Petaluma Community Access and in January of 2011, Cooking with Laurie began airing on PCA’s Channel 27.

Cooking with Laurie focuses on products that are locally grown and produced in Sonoma and Marin counties of Northern California. Figone travels to the pastures, barns or fields where the products are grown and introduces the viewers to the producer and his or her product. Then she heads back to her kitchen and whips up a delicious culinary delight using the subject product. Cooking with Laurie introduces a new locally grown or produced product each month. Figone loves the format, especially since most all of her subjects are people that she grew up with and has known all of her life. Figone’s kitchen is her playground and she is having the time of her life introducing lifelong friends, showcasing quality ingredients and sharing wonderful recipes and delicious dishes with her viewers.

Figone is not compensated for her show. In fact, she pays her cameraman out of her own pocket. So, CAUTION! If you have a passion for cooking and the opportunity to have your own television show, it just might cost you!


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