John Michael Lerma grew up on a farm in the River River Valley of North
Dakota where he learned from his grandmother how to grow fruits and vegetables, prepare large meals, and can preserves.
Since then he won a Food Network Medal on Food Network Challenge "Great Pie Cook-Off,
baked a "Coke Cola Pie" on the CBS Morning Show and has appeared for the past 5 years as a regular on KSTP's Channel
5 Twin Cities Live. JML literally wrote the book on entertaining family and friends (Garden County-Where Everyone is Welcome
to Sit at the Table) and has baked the best pies in the nation with over 7 National Pie Championship wins and a cookbook of
over 100 delicious sweet and savory pies (Garden County Pie).
As a regular
on KSTP Channel 5 Twin Cities Live, JML has cooked up everything from "Blue Cheese Stuffed Hamburgers",
"Cotton Candy Filled Cupcakes", to several of his delicious pies. He has also been a frequent guest
on KARE 11's Saturday Morning News Show, WCCO Sunday Morning Live Show, FOX Morning Show and on radio can be heard on AlohaJoe.com
Radio and MyTalk107's Weekly Dish. Appearing in five Food Network
Specials and Challenges, JML also co-stars in the 6-part PBS series "Garden Paths" with nationally known horticulturist Melinda Myers.
JML is a contributing chef at All Inc. in St. Paul, Nordic Ware in St. Louis Park, Local D'Lish
in Minneapolis, and Zzest Market & Cafe in Rochester, MN. His company "Garden County Cooking" offers private
events (In-Home cooking classes. Team Building/Corporate
Events or Personal cooking classes), merchandise, and public speaking events.
Of his many passions--besides food--writing is at the top. JML has authored two cookbooks: Garden
County Cooking and Garden County Pie with his upcoming third cookbook devoted to Italian cuisine. He writes for
Lavender Magazine, Garden County Cooking Blog, and teaches food writing at The Loft Literary Center. JML is also a member
of Slow Food USA and the American Pie Council.
JML received a degree in English from the University
of North Dakota and has several short stories, poems, and plays published in regional and academic texts. He is a recipient
of the Gladys Boen Award for Fiction. His first cookbook Garden County was nominated for "Cookbook of the Year"
by the Independent Book Publisher's Association in Washington, DC in 2006.
Now you can join JML
in the kitchen for the culinary learning experience of a lifetime and one of the most entertaining afternoons or evenings
you will encounter in a cooking class. Consider registering or having JML come into your home to enhance
your cooking skills with "...a wide variety of classes taught by...Food Network star/St. Paul favorite son John Michael
Lerma." Twin Cities Metro Magazine December 2009