Mary Payne Moran A Los Angeles Chef with strong roots from Oklahoma City, Mary is an expert in her culinary field with 20 years of experience. She has been with Traditional Home Magazine since 2012. She creates timeless, beautiful, and delicious menus with accompanying recipes. Her recipes are a mix of classic favorites with a touch of what's trending in today's market. For Mary, cooking is more than putting food on a table, it's a powerful way to connect and create relationship with both food and the people you are feeding, even if it's just yourself.Mary's pasta, pies, biscuit, and donut classes have been featured in Los Angeles newspapers and magazines. William Sonoma, Sur La Table, and the King's Roost have featured Mary in their lineup. Her classes have also brought people in from all over the world.Food styling enhanced Mary's attention to detail when displaying or plating food. Preparing Sooki's kitchen on Gilmore Girls gave her a love for beautiful food.Mary graduated from the Le Cordon Blue in Pasadena, California, in 2003. She then traveled to Lucca, Italy, and attended The Tuscan Chef Italian Cooking School in 2005. Mary also received her Nutritionist and Weight Management Specialist certification from American Fitness Professionals & Association in 2009. About Better Homes & Gardens Better Homes & Gardens, a Dotdash Meredith Brand, is the only iconic home brand with a 100+ year history of providing trustworthy and achievable ideas for all doers and home-enthusiasts. We are the go-to resource for fresh takes on home, food, and gardening—inspiring people to bring their dreams to life at home on special occasions and every day. BHG reaches 45 million readers each month. Learn more about us and our editorial process.