Lara Lyn Carter is a self-taught talent with a knack for new twists on classic recipes. Born and raised in Georgia, Lara Lyn started creating recipes at sixteen, and quickly fell in love with the little things involved in planning an incredible meal. The feel of the flour, the appeal of a nice table setting… It was clear then that Lara Lyn had found her craft.
Lara Lyn Carter has her first Emmy win in the category of On Camera Talent for hosting “Thyme for Sharing with Lara Lyn Carter”, which she also created and produced. It aired last summer as part of Georgia Public Broadcasting’s summer cooking line-up and received excellent ratings and praise. The show was nominated for four Emmys in the categories of: lighting; photography; director; and on camera talent. In addition, Lara Lyn created and hosted “Savor the Good Life” with Raycom Media’s WALB, the NBC and ABC affiliate in Southwest Georgia, for three years. This show received a Gabby (Georgia Association of Broadcasters) Award in its first year.
Lara Lyn is considered Georgia’s “go to authority” on Southern entertaining, and shares her vast experience and array of Southern recipes with a twist to her constantly growing followers. She has been featured on numerous television shows and in magazines, newspapers, and radio shows across the US and Canada. Lara Lyn is currently preparing her first article as a contributing writer for The Atlanta Journal Constitution.
Television and private chef Lara Lyn has entertained and cooked for people from coast to coast at food and wine festivals to include the Telluride Wine and Food Festival in Colorado and the Food Network South Beach Wine and Food Festival in Miami and many others in between.
Lara Lyn’s passion for cooking and the use of sustainable, local products has led her to guest teach local culinary students and to launch a recipe development competition using local products for the culinary students. The Georgia Grown program and Georgia’s Commissioner of Department of Agriculture has asked Lara Lyn for her guidance in rolling-out the competition statewide for other culinary schools. The Georgia Grown program is a marketing and economic development program of the Georgia Department of Agriculture.
Most recently Lara Lyn completed a major media tour in Canada in November of 2016 and in January 2017 where she shared her Southern cuisine and hospitality on national media including television, radio, and filming live with Yahoo. Lara Lyn introduced her own signature line of sauces, Wicker & Whisk, which are available online and in gourmet shops across the Southeast. Her first cookbook Southern Thymes Shared, which was released in 2014, received praise from the President of the International Food, Wine, and Travel Writers Association and many other noted foodies. Lara Lyn is in the process of completing her second cookbook.
When not working, Lara Lyn keeps herself busy with her husband and their three sons ranging in ages from 20-years old, 15-years old to a 3-year old.