“When I lived in New York I noticed that it was extremely difficult to find truly pure, fresh and healthy ingredients. I returned to my roots in Finland where I find the cleanest ingredients with healthy natural values. I want to introduce all the pure ingredients in Finland we find from the nature or from local producers. I know for sure what my food consists of. This purity and health benefits I want to share and export abroad.”
Sara was born on 22.04.1981 in Santa Barbara, California, to an American father and a Finnish mother and is a citizen of both countries. Sara La Fountain is a devotee of healthy, tasty and beautiful food. With a good eye for details and a big heart, Sara turns everyday life into delicious celebration.
TRAINING Sara studied at the Culinary Institute of America (CIA) in New York, which is one of the world’s most highly regarded culinary schools.
ENTREPRENEUR Since founding her own business, Sara has worked for various companies, for which she organizes cookery courses that are tailored according to the nature of the event, and seasonal menus. The objective of the courses is to learn how to prepare new dishes and cocktails – while remembering that the kitchen should always be a fun place. Sara has also been involved in the product development activities of various companies in the culinary sector. In addition, she runs a catering business.
TV SERIES In the autumn 2005, MTV3 broadcast a 10-episode cookery programme Avec Sara. The programme consisted of cooking, ideas for organizing events, and tips on how to create beautiful table-settings. In the spring of 2008, MTV3 broadcast Perfect Day, a food and lifestyle television show that included four well-known Nordic chefs. The series was sold to over 60 countries worldwide. In addition to the television show, La Fountain also starred in a 36-episode online series called A Perfect Day in Sara's Kitchen. The same year she also appeared on UKTV Food's popular Market Kitchen television series as a guest chef. In 2012, La Fountain appeared as a guest chef on the 5th season of New Scandinavian Cooking on American Public Television and filmed her new television show for Finnish TV called Saran ja Meri-Tuulin Metropolit (Sara and Meri-Tuuli's Metropolises). The show follows the hostesses' culinary journey around the world, including Cape Town, Istanbul, Madrid, Manila, New Orleans, New York City, Singapore, and Tel Aviv. The same year she also did food demonstrations in a reality show for Asian Food Channel where she travelled to Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore and Manila. As of 2013, La Fountain has filmed new episodes for New Scandinavian Cooking and starred in her new cooking show 24Kitchen: Sara La Fountain, which has been sold to 35 countries around the world. In 2014 she did two TV shows for Fox Network, in English and in Finnish.
BOOKS In October 2005, Sara published her first book, à la Sara, and the first printing sold out quickly. The debut book was awarded by the Gourmand Best First Cookbook. Her second one, the book version of Perfect Day television series was published in 2008. It includes recipes from all of the chefs and information on the various locations they visited during the filming. On her third book, Passion for Food, published in 2010, recipes are organized in in seasonal chapters. The colorful and festive appearance won the Gourmand Best Cookbook Design award in 2010. In 2013, La Fountain published her latest book Healthy Kitchen, which contains healthy and organic recipes and natural cosmetics.
BRAND COLLABORATIONS Sara collaborates with different food brands developing new products, recipes, and doing food styling. She has done food development for the largest food corporations in Finland and also in Europe, including Fazer, Café Picnic, Tabasco sauce, Bostorise and Risella, Finlandia Vodka and Valio. She’s also created a signature menu for a Scandinavian Tallink Silja cruise line and Arctic Light Hotel. Her latest projects include a new concept for healthy, super food powdered smoothies for Leader Natural Foods, a line of signature paninis for Snellman, and a campaign for light recipes using the products of German dairy producer Ehrmann.
Sara has designed various series of tableware, glassware, and textiles for the Finnish brand Luhta Home, including product lines Lotus, Baroque, Marocco, and Agadir. She has also designed patterns for shoes of kitchen professionals by the Finnish Jalas footwear company.
- TV Chef, book author
- Born on 22.04.1981 in Santa Barbara, California
- American father, Finnish mother
- Citizen of both countries
- Studied at the Culinary Institute of America, New York
Sara’s cooking shows
have been broadcasted in
over 107 countries;
- Avec Sara/MTV3, 2005
- Perfect Day/MTV3 (over 60 countries). 2008
- A Perfect Day in Sara´s Kitchen, 2008
- Market Kitchen/UKTV Foods, 2008
- New Scandinavian Cooking, USA PBS, 2012
- Metropolises, 2012
- A Gourmet Cooking Show, Asian Food Channel, 2012
- New Scandinavian Cooking (New episodes), 2013
- Sara La Fountain, 24Kitchen /FOX(over 35 countries, most watched cooking show in Holland, 2013
- New Nordic Kitchen/FOX (over 75 countries), 2014
- à La Sara, (Gourmand Award), 2005
- Perfect Day, 2008
- Passion for Food, (Gourmand Award), 2010
- Healthy Kitchen, 2013