She’s 100% authentic southern. Lara Lyn Carter is a self-taught chef from “plantation country” in Southwest Georgia with a culinary talent for healthy and clean twists on classic southern recipes.
Her passion for homemade, locally grown recipes led to her first cookbook called Southern Tymes Shared. In addition to being an author, Lara Lyn also created, produced and hosted a local show for three years on WALB-TV in Albany, Georgia called Savor The Good. She then went on to develop the half hour multi-Emmy nominated show Tyme For Sharing for Georgia Public Broadcasting. It was this program about southern history, great destinations and down home southern cooking that won Lara Lyn an Emmy Award for hosting.
Lara Lyn has appeared on many live news programs, entertainment/lifestyle TV shows and digital channels: Reel Eats on Country Music Television, the long-running lifestyle talk show Atlanta and Company, 11Alive, The Marilyn Denis Show, Breakfast Television Toronto, Your Morning on CTV, Yahoo Canada.com and Diply.com. She’s been featured in Georgia Magazine, Southwest Georgia Living, Food and Beverage Magazine and Country Weekly.
Lara Lyn is not only a TV star in her hometown, but a private chef as well. She’s known for her dinner party themes such as “Italian with a Southern Twist”. This popular menu consists of Pasta with Pecan Pesto, Grilled Quail with Italian Salsa Verde, Mayhaw Bellinis, and Georgia Bourbon Tiramis – and showcases her creativity in blending classic Southern with flavors from all over the world.
Lara Lyn has cooked for Georgia Agricultural Commissioner Gary Black, Senator Freddie Powell Sims of Georgia, University of Georgia Football Legend Vince Dooley and nationally known antiques expert and designer Furlow Gatewood.
Her trademark is cooking with bourbons and whiskeys which led to her creation of her most popular dessert called Whiskey Bites. Bite size brownies with a blend of whiskey, chocolate, espresso and topped with a drizzle of whiskey and espresso syrup. Lara Lyn served these to over 8000 people at the Food Network Wine and Food Festival in South Beach Miami. Pastry chefs from all over have asked her for this secret recipe.
Her dream kitchen is a showstopper and serves as a studio for her many cooking videos. Lara Lyn designed the space to fit three needs, preparation, filming, and feeding her family of hungry sons ages 21, 16 and 4. The island is 10 feet long with one end housing a gas stove. It has open shelving for quick access to pots and pans while filming and the wine rack at the end holds Lara Lyn’s favorite varietals. She designed one side of the kitchen with another gas stove and oven combination, a wall convection oven, steam convection oven, and warming drawer. Yes, we’re talking four ovens and two stove tops. This amount of fire power was a must for Lara Lyn to cook for parties and holidays.
Lara Lyn recently lost fifty pounds in five months and is in the process of writing her 2nd cookbook on skinny southern cooking.