Warm chicken stock in medium saucepan on medium-low heat. Cover and warm while making risotto.
Heat olive oil in new medium saucepan on medium heat until shimmering.
Add shallot, salt, garlic, and pepper. Stir occasionally until vegetables are softened (3-4 minutes).
Add bay leaves and 3 tablespoons unsalted butter. Stir until butter is melted (1 minute).
Add rice. Toast until smells nutty and turns light golden brown, stir only once (3-4 minutes).
Pour in wine. Simmer until evaporated, stirring occasionally (2-3 minutes).
Add 1 cup warm stock into rice. Cook until rice has absorbed liquid, stirring softly continuously (2-3 minutes).
Repeat until rice is al dente (17-19 minutes).
Remove bay leaves and throw them away.
Stir in parmesan, butter, salt, and pepper.