WHO I AM
I was born quite unexpectedly in Lima, Peru after my mother ate too much at my aunt's pachamanca, which is like a luau but with guinea pigs, tamales, fava beans, and potatoes. The lore goes that the Andean feast that triggered my birth sparked my lifelong love affair with culture and cuisine. I wanted out so that I could experience for myself all the flavors and culinary traditions that the world has to offer.
We moved to Miami, Florida when I was 5, and the Magic City is where I grew up and laid my roots. Throughout my childhood, my fascination with food never ceased. While my peers played video games, I was studying international cookbooks and experimenting with recipes. I began food writing at the age of 11 for my middle school newspaper and continued as the dining columnist for The Beacon at Florida International University, where I received a Bachelor's Degree in Sociology and Anthropology in 2007.
I took a break from writing before picking it up again several years later as a contributor and later a dining editor for the Miami branch of Joonbug.com. During my tenure there, I was able to experience much of South Florida's fine dining scene, meet fellow food writers, and also rub elbows with some celebrated chefs. My passion, however, has always been in traditional cooking, and I had the opportunity to contribute to other websites and blogs about hidden gems and mom-and-pop restaurants throughout South Florida.
In 2016 I received my Master's Degree in Liberal Arts in Gastronomy at Boston University, one of the first programs of its kind established by Julia Child and Jacques Pepin, as well as a Graduate Certificate in Sustainable Tourism Development.
I continue writing about food for newsprint, websites, and books. I have also been a product development consultant for Global village Fruit, restaurant consultant, personal chef, food stylist, culinary tourism developer for Bites of Boston Food Tours, and recurring guest lecturer at Boston University.
I've worn many hats and have had many experiences in the food world. I know food.
For a comprehensive view of who I am professionally, check out my LinkedIn profile.