Bio

Hi!!!! thank you for your interest in my career. this is a glimpse of the past 25 years. I am an award winning; some say I am a culinary innovator, trendsetter and leader in the Food Service & Culinary Industry. I had the honor to be named one of  Fast Casual Magazine Movers & Shakers in 2017. Currently, I am the VP of Research and Development (R&D) for Wild Wing Café (WWC) and Backyard Burgers (BYB). Also, I am the former Senior Corporate Executive Chef of Subway as well as the former Corporate Executive Chef and VP of Research and Development (R&D) of Schlotzsky's/ FOCUS Brands. Additionally, I worked for Disney Golf as their Executive Chef and I was the Puerto Rico Ambassador and Executive Chef for the PR delegation at the Epcot Food and Wine Fest 2014 (World Disney World) ).

 

Over the span of 15 years, I was a chef & on-air talent of multiple television shows.  Some of the networks include: Telemundo International, Univision Puerto Rico, Fox-Utilisima, WIPR (a PBS Station affiliate) and I was the Puerto Rico hostess of Bizarre Foods – Travel Channel. My career has been showcased countless times on TV,  print and on-line publications including Cooking Network, Travel Channel, Food & Beverage Magazine, Flavors and the Menu Magazine, 1851Franchaise.com, Fast Casual Magazine, Atlanta Business Journal, Latina Lista, Atlanta Business Chronicle, Atlanta Magazine, Caras Magazine, El Nuevo Dia Newspaper, The San Juan Star, Imagen Magazine, Vea Magazine and Buena Vida Magazine just to mention a few.


Before joining WWC and BYB, I owned CMI Culinary Group, LLC a culinary & food service consulting firm, where for over 18 years I offered a range of services, from Recipe and Product Development, Public Speaker / Brand Ambassador, Food and Prop Stylist, Food Photographer,  Culinary Instructor and Lifestyle & Culinary Reporter.  At the same time, I was Executive Chef and Partner of Guava Restaurant in paradisiac Culebra, Puerto Rico. In addition - and because I love to teach-,  I owned,  Let’s Cook PR a cooking school which I owned for over 7 years. I am also a best-seller cookbook author;  “Gourmet Para Todos Los Días” (Gourmet for Every Day) which was published in 2007. The book went on to be the #1 cookbook in Puerto Rico (and #2 among all titles) for more than 10 straight weeks, a moment in time, I will never forget. Last year I wrote “How Angels Become Babies” a children’s book.

I was lucky to have born into a culturally diverse family coming from Cuba, Venezuela, Spain and Puerto Rico where I was born and where I spent my childhood. I am bilingual (English/Spanish) with some knowledge/learning of French, Portuguese and Italian.  In my  free time, I enjoy traveling, cooking, wines, painting, photography, now venturing into golf and I am an avid collector of restaurant menus owing over of over 700 from the around the world and dating as far back as the 1800's.

I live in Charlotte, NC with my daughter and my two four legged babies.

EDUCATION

  • AS - Food and Beverage Management

    • Johnson and Wales University - Providence, RI - USA

  • BA - Business Administration

    • Trinity College - Washington, DC - USA 

  • MBA - Marketing

    • University of Phoenix - Puerto Rico - USA

CONTINUING EDUCATION

  • The Culinary Institute of America - NY - USA

  • Le Cordon Bleu - Paris - France

  • l’Atelier des Sens - Paris - France

  • Cook and Taste - Barcelona - Spain

  • La Conspiración de 1809 - Morelia - Mexico

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