Chef Mary Payne Moran is a wife, mother of two, chef & nutritionist with deep roots in the Culinary Industry in Los Angeles, California but an Oklahoman at heart. After back surgery she reconsidered her goals and dreams of cooking in restaurants and catering and took to writing and teaching about everything she loves in food.
Mary’s cooking is a combination of good wholesome delicious family food, what she grew up on in Oklahoma with a mix of tangy, vegetable centric California cuisine. Mary works hard to make her recipes taste like the reader expects and easy enough that they can accomplish the finished product. Mary loves to customize and create menus and recipes that meet the needs of the audience she is writing for.
She’s had over 15 years of experience cooking for celebrities, working as a chef at well known Los Angeles restaurants (Lucques, Michael’s, Larchmont Grill), private chef for celebrities, catering celebrity events, food styled for Print, TV and movies, writes a weekly food blog. She is also featured on Traditional Home, Key Ingredient, Appetites, That Morning Sh
ow, wrote and starred in 36 Cooking with Chef Mary episodes, Published in multiple magazines (Traditional Home, The LA Magazine, Redtri.com and more) as well as teaches cooking classes to children and adults across the country.
Chef Mary graduated from The California School in Culinary Arts in 2002, took a course at The Tuscan Cooking School in Lucca, Italy in 2003 and gained certification for Nutrition and Weight Loss Specialist from TheAmerican Fitness Professionals and Associates in 2009.
Chef Mary is a professional in any situation; she prides herself on her work and
the ability to take care of her clients to the best of her ability. She is the go-to chef for all questions concerning food, health and organization to her nationwide readers
She has been professionally train
ed AOS Le Cordon Blue (Pasadena, Ca) 2003
Certified Nutritionist Consultant from American Fitness Professionals & Assoc Certified Weight Management Specialist from American Professionals & Assoc.
The Tuscan Chef Italian Cooking School (Luca, Italy)