Chef, Cookbook Author, Television Personality
Although she says, “I’ve always liked to eat,” the idea of somehow becoming a professional didn’t occur to Sara until after she graduated from the University of Michigan with a liberal arts degree in 1974. And, indeed, it was at the Culinary Institute of America that Sara found herself.
She entered the CIA in the fall of 1975 and graduated with highest honors in 1977, then spent seven years in restaurants. She worked first in Boston, then in New York, taking off time only for a stint as a stagiare with a master chef in Chartres, France in 1979. Sara’s restaurant experience peaked with a gig as chef tournant at La Tulipe in New York in the early Eighties. It was also during this period that Sara co-founded the New York Women’s Culinary Alliance, an “old girl’s network” designed to help women culinary professionals. The Alliance marked its 30th anniversary in 2012.
In the interest of starting a family, Sara left restaurant work in favor of recipe testing and recipe development, occupations which tend not to require 80 hours a week. She spent two years as an instructor at Peter Kump’s New York Cooking School (now known as the Institute of Culinary Education). It was there that Sara discovered her love of teaching, a passion that would give focus to her subsequent work in television. In 1984 Sara took a job in the test kitchen at Gourmet. Four years later she became chef of the legendary magazine’s executive dining room.
Sara’s TV career began in 1979 when she was hired to work behind the scenes on public television’s “Julia Child & More Company.” Her friendship with Julia led eventually to Sara’s gig at “GMA,” where what started as another behind-the-scenes position ripened by 1997 into on-camera work. By then Sara had begun hosting the Food Network’s “Cooking Live.” Six years and over 1200 hour-long shows later, “Cooking Live” ended its run on March 31, 2002. “Sara’s Secrets” began the next day. ”Other TV chefs may own famous restaurants and perform with theatrical flair,” noted TV Guide’s Herma Rosenthal, “But Moulton’s the one you can actually picture popping over to help you fix the lumpy gravy or the fallen soufflé.”
Sara is the author of several cookbooks including Sara Moulton Cooks at Home (2002), Sara’s Secrets for Weeknight Meals (2005) and Sara Moulton’s Everyday Family Dinners (2010). In December of 2011, she launched “Sara’s Kitchen,” an iPhone app featuring 60 recipes, 60 photos, and ten videos.
Sara lives in New York City with her husband and two children.