Donna Leahy is a professional chef and sommelier with over 25 years experience in the culinary arts and wine industry. As a cookbook author, she writes on a variety of topics with an emphasis on cooking delicious food as a path to healthier eating. She is the former chef/owner of a fine dining restaurant and country inn, described as "A couple of acres of bliss" by the LA Times and rated one of the top 10 inns in the country. Chef Leahy has appeared on the Today Show, CBS Early Show and the Food Network. Her inn and cuisine have been featured in USA Today, Gourmet, Country Home, Fine Cooking, Country Living and many national publications.
She is the author of Recipe for a Country Inn (Harper Collins), Morning Glories (Rizzoli) and a series of Breakfast Cookbooks (Food Arts Fusion). She is also the author of Wisdom of the Plain Folk (Viking Penguin), a photographic essay of Pennsylvania's Amish society. She's twice been a featured chef at the James Beard Foundation in NYC. Chef Leahy was described as the "best self-taught chef I've seen" by the food reviewer of the Philadelphia Inquirer. She is certified by the Wine and Spirits Education Trust.
She is available as an expert product demonstrator in the food, wine and cooking equipment industries. She is actively consulting in cheese and wine in the Naples FL community as well as nationally.
Donna Leahy graduated with. B.A. in Communications and is a former video writer/producer.