At a young age, Lauren was exposed to international cuisine, as she was born in Finland and grew up in various parts of Europe. Lauren received her Bachelor’s Degree in French and English from The College of William & Mary and worked as a managing editor for a magazine in New York. Lauren had long been inspired by pastry as an edible art form and eventually she decided to pursue her dream and attend pastry school at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris.
Lauren began her culinary career working at Range and Le Diplomate in Washington DC. She then moved to Chicago where she worked at Homestead on the Roof before joining Swift & Sons and Cold Storage as the Pastry Sous Chef in September 2015. Lauren loves the challenge of creating casual desserts for Cold Storage as well as more refined plated desserts for Swift & Sons and became Executive Pastry Chef of both restaurants in 2017.
Lauren opened Dutch and Doc’s alongside Chef Pandel in the Spring of 2018. Her menu highlights surprising takes on familiar classics.