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Four years ago, Patricia Heaton celebrated her 50th birthday in Hawaii, splashing in the blue waters of the Pacific Ocean with her four boys and husband. The actress, who spent most of her youth attending Catholic schools in Ohio, received two Emmy Awards as the long-suffering wife, mother and in-law Debra Barone on the popular sitcom, Everybody Loves Raymond. Now Heaton stars as Frankie, mom of three, in ABCs hit sitcom, The Middle. In between working on these television shows, Heaton penned a best-selling book, Motherhood and HollywoodHow To Get A Job Like Mine. Shes currently writing a second book. She is also working behind the camera, producing and directing.
Lena Kwak was in the right place at the right time when she applied for an internship several years ago at the prestigious French Laundry, the famed Michelin three-star restaurant in Yountville, California. I sat down with Kwak at French Laundry to talk about how she brought gluten-free options to this world-renowned restaurant, became a research and development chef for the Thomas Keller Restaurant Group and partnered with Thomas Keller to create Cup4Cup, a gluten-free all-purpose flour blend thats been on the market for more than two years.