about la diva

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Engaging and informative, Laura Lafata aka “La Diva”  is a hospitality veteran with over 30 years experience and has been cooking since she was nine years old.  She has worked as a personal chef and also as a creative mixologist, spirits educator and waiter at many upscale restaurants, clubs and bars across the country and in Australia.

While living in Sydney, Laura worked for a large liquor distributor and was hired to design and teach a two-day seminar to the hospitality trade as part of a loyalty program for key accounts at fine restaurants, nightclubs and hotels.

She also has performed comedy at Second City, Chicago and TheatreSports, Sydney.  Laura has lived in Chicago, Detroit, Miami, Los Angeles and Australia and brings her travel experiences to her culinary point of view including Asian, Italian, North African and Mediterranean styles.  In 2008, she started La Diva Cucina Inc. which offers clients unique culinary entertainment for private parties and corporate events.


Laura has appeared on ABC’s “The Taste” with Anthony Bourdain and Nigella Lawson in September 2012  and was one of 60 contestants chosen from over 7000 auditions.  She also conducted a live cooking segment on NBC’s “Live Miami at 11” with Roxanne Vargas and Shiri Spears as well as on MTV’s Tr3’s Channel for video show “Lo Que Ti Pica.”   Likewise, Laura has been a lively and entertaining guest on radio shows including “Sex and Love with Gina Martell,” “Empower Radio” with author and Moore Center CEO Paul Boyton, “Join us at the Table” with Miami Herald’s Nancy Ancrum and Robbie Bell and Lorna Owen’s “And the Women Gather.”

Her popular and hip “small bites, BIG DRINKS” cooking and cocktail class outlines everything you need to throw a fabulous cocktail party!   La Diva is available for corporate team building events, event facilitation and master of ceremonies for the corporate sector as well as offering the consumer personal chef services, catering, bachelorette parties, bridal showers and family reunions.  Any occasion that requires a GOOD TIME requires La Diva Cucina!

Laura “La Diva” Lafata is engaging, informative and full of sass and brings a ton of saucy fun to any occasion and is an ambassador for living well.  She cooks and entertains like she lives her life, full of adventure, spice and laughter (and always with a suitable aperitif!)


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