Renowned chef and author to speak at LWV event

World-renowned chef and cooking school founder Loretta Paganini is the featured speaker at the League of Women Voters’ “First Thursdays” public meeting series now in its eighth season. The theme of the series is “Women Who Know Their Place,” celebrating highly successful women.

The event is set for Thursday, Dec. 2, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., at Trinity Commons at Trinity Cathedral, 2230 Euclid Ave., Cleveland. Chef Paganini’s talk is titled, “A Woman’s Place is Running the Kitchen.” The public is invited to attend at no charge, with free parking behind the Cathedral off Prospect Ave.

Loretta Paganini’s passion for food and training chefs has resulted in an extraordinary career that covers the globe. She was born in Bologna, Italy, and began her culinary career in the family “Pasticceria” (confectionery shop). Her mother, a famous chef and television personality in Italy, was her first instructor.

Loretta then studied at several cooking schools in Italy and at the Cordon Bleu in Paris.  As she became more involved in the education of culinary students, she assisted notable personalities such as Martin Yan, David Rosengarten, Jacques Pepin, and more.

In 1989, Loretta opened The Loretta Paganini School of Cooking (LPSC) in Chesterland, Ohio, and brought culinary education to hundreds of recreational students. In 2000, Loretta established a European Center in Chiavari, Italy, on the Italian Riviera near Portofino. This enables her to expand affiliations with some of the top European Culinary schools.  

In 2002, recognizing the demand for qualified foodservice employees, she introduced the International Culinary Arts and Sciences Institute, approved by the State Board of Proprietary Schools as being the first privately-owned “professional culinary school” in Ohio.  In 2004, Loretta purchased an additional property in Chesterland and built a 12,000-square-foot culinary center. The school opened to one-hundred students and a staff of thirty including fifteen chef instructors. Today the school’s outstanding reputation continues to grow. It recently was named the “Best Cooking School” by Cleveland Magazine.

Having extensive television experience, Loretta has been featured nationally on "CBS This Morning" and is a regular weekly guest chef on WKYC’s "Good Company." She is now the host of a new cooking series for the Discovery Channel called “Simply Gourmet.” She also has authored two popular cookbooks. A recipient of many prestigious awards, she is a tour de force in the culinary world. For more information on The Loretta Paganini School of Cooking, visit

This season’s “First Thursdays” celebrates women who have achieved a high degree of success in their fields and throughout 2010. “First Thursdays” also celebrates the 90th Anniversary of the League of Women Voters and the passage of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution giving women the right to vote. The League of Women Voters Cuyahoga Area includes the Bay Village and Westlake Chapters.

Program funding is provided by the League of Women Voters Cuyahoga Area Education Fund, Inc. For more information this event, visit

Joan Hirsh lives in Bay Village and is a member of the League of Women Voters Cuyahoga Area.

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