I was born and raised in Venezuela, a country where food was multicultural thanks to the influence of Italian, Spanish, and Portuguese immigrants in the early and mid-1900s. Lebanese, Asian (Chinese and later Japanese), and Peruvian influences were also present.
I’ve been in the kitchen, since I can remember, with my Italian grandfather and then with my mom and my family, learning to make traditional Italian and Venezuelan food. That’s where I started to develop an interest, curiosity, and then a passion, not only for traditional recipes but also for exploring new flavor combinations.
Inspired by the multicultural environment that surrounded me, and by my travels to Europe since the age of 12. I’m self-taught for most of my culinary knowledge, with some focused training and seminars by renowned chefs like Sumito Estevez, Julie Frans, etc.
In 2007 I moved to Miami, a gastronomical melting pot, and more diverse cuisines and flavors inspired me and pushed me to learn more and create more. I started to cook for friends and family, providing catering services. 11 years later, I moved to Sioux Falls, and thanks to the Plums Cooking Company, I’ve been able to share my love for food, flavors, and spices with multiple classes a month for the last few years. I love to be able to connect with people, and that has allowed me to evolve into a private chef for dinners and small events.
When I try to define my favorite things to make, I’ll immediately refer to my Italian, Venezuelan, and Latin American roots along with Spanish and Mediterranean cuisines, as well as Middle Eastern. I cook from my heart, driven by my passion to showcase exquisite dishes, with flavorful combinations, and vivid colors.