Lisa Anderson is a California native and graduated summa cum laude in Hotel & Restaurant Management from Cal Poly University in Pomona, California in 1991. She then went to the CIA and while there, traveled to New Orleans to fulfill externship requirements at Mr. B’s Bistro in the French Quarter. After graduation in 1993, she returned to New Orleans to cook under Great Chef Gerard Maras at Ralph Brennan’s Bacco Ristorante, also in the French Quarter. She left in 1995 to cook under Great Chef Susan Spicer at Bayona from 1996 to 1998.
In 1998, she joined La Spiga Bakery in New Orleans, and at the same time was the pastry chef for Great Chef Gerard Maras’ new restaurant, Gerard’s Downtown. It was there that the Great Chefs crew taped Chef Lisa Anderson for the Discovery Channel’s Great Chefs of America television series.