Lauren Von Der Pool graduated from Le Cordon Bleu, and has worked with many notable chefs, including Wolfgang Puck and Alice Waters. Von Der Pool has also worked as a personal chef for many prominent celebrities, like Patti Labelle, Common, Stevie Wonder, Novak Djokovic, Venus and Serena Williams (Venus Williams wrote the forward for her cookbook ‘Eat Yourself Sexy’).
Lauren Von Der Pool has also team catered many high-profile events The Oscars, Grammy’s, BET Honors, BET Awards, The Espy’s, MTV Music Awards, The Billboard Awards,The Congressional Black Caucus, Screen Actor Guild Awards, Olympics, Wimbledon and many others.
One of the most significant highlights of her career occurred in 2009, Former First Lady Michelle Obama invited Lauren Von Der Pool to serve as an executive chef for “Let’s Move”—the Former First Lady’s childhood obesity prevention campaign.
Lauren Von Der Pool has dedicated much of her own career as a chef conveying the importance of healthy living. Through her non-profit Von Der Pool Healthy Living Services and her ‘Fresh City Kids’ movement, Lauren is committed to healing the world through food, agricultural awareness and self-empowerment and is a true inspiration to many all over the globe.
“There aren’t many young black women who rise from the streets to reinvent themselves through will and imagination alone. Of course there are scores of women of colour who make great role models for young women but so very few who lead a life that is considerate of the other living inhabitants of this planet…”
- Russel Simmons