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Apr 23, 2007
I was born to mainland Puerto Rican parents in Brooklyn, New York. Between my grandmother and mother, and my extended family of relatives from Central America, Spain, and other parts of the Spanish-speaking world, I grew up appreciating the diversity of Latin cuisine.
Prior to entering the food world, I was an actress and model. A surprise birthday gift of culinary school from my husband Jerry led to my matriculating at the French Culinary Institute in 1998. Shortly after graduation, I worked on the set of PBS’ Lidia's Italian-American Kitchen as a prep-kitchen chef, and as a private chef in New York City. In addition, I managed a small catering business, “The Passionate Palate”, which I continue to operate.
While celebrating life and family through food, I am also intensely proud of my Puerto Rican heritage and I am very active in the Latino community. In addition to my appearances at cooking demonstrations, public schools and special events, I communicate my cultural roots and knowledge of the broad spectrum of Latin cuisine through Daisy Cooks!, my PBS television program, and cookbook, Daisy Cooks! Latin Flavors that Will Rock Your World.
I am the mother of four fantastic children and live with my family in Brooklyn, NY.