She’s 100% authentic southern. Lara Lyn Carter is a self-taught chef from “plantation country” in Southwest Georgia with a culinary talent for new and modern 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 3 years on WALB-TV in Albany, Georgia called Savor The Good. She then went on to develop the half hour 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 for hosting.
This busy mom of three boys (21, 14 and 4) has her own product line of yummy marinades and sauces called Wicker & Whisk-a Merlot Steak Sauce, Homegrown Herb Dressing and Port Wine Mustard. All are available online and in gourmet specialty food store across the Southeast.
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 guests such as Georgia Agricultural Commissioner Gary Black, Georgia Senator Freddie Powell Sims, University of Georgia Football Legend Vince Dooley, national 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 boys. 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 4 ovens and two stove tops. This amount of fire power was a must for Lara Lyn to cook for parties and holidays, as well as having two dishwashers.
Lara Lyn is in the process of writing her 2nd cookbook for people who love to throw parties and entertain at home.