Meet the Chef

Executive Chef Laureen Vance



My passion for cooking began when I was a child. As a teenager I became the primary cook in my household and as a college music student, I was often asked to cater receptions for friends doing recitals. Even as an elementary music teacher I continued to find a way to provide delicious home cooked meals for my family.

I decided to make a career change and enrolled at the Arizona Culinary Institute in Scottsdale, AZ where I graduated with honors. After a couple years of working in restaurant/commercial kitchen environment, I decided to start Effortless Bistro to help people busy with career and family obligations enjoy delicious home cooked meals and gain time and independence in their daily lives.

I love to share my diverse culinary experience with my clients. I grew up in nearby southern New Jersey and after graduating from college lived in Oregon for 10 years. I lived in Arizona for over decade until moving to Maryland in 2016.  I’ve always endeavored to learn and collect recipes representing the local cuisine of the places I have lived and visited. Whether it’s Italian pasta, native Pacific Northwest inspired salmon, or a spicy Southwestern dish, I look forward to creating healthy and delicious home cooked meals for my clients.

I am also particularly fond of baking and will happily bake cookies, quick breads, muffins, scones and other items that make a tasty dessert, snack or breakfast. If you have a special occasion, I am a skilled cake decorator and will gladly make you a beautiful desert to celebrate.

Through Effortless Bistro, I look forward to helping you enjoy healthy and delicious meals in the comfort of your own home while giving you the extra time to give attention to the important people and details of your life.

Effortless Bistro is a licensed and insured business and ServSafe certified. I am also a proud member of the American Private and Personal Chef Association.