10 Hot Latin Chefs to Feast Your Eyes On

Meet Marcela Valladolid

Growing up around expert cooks in Tijuana, Mexico, Marcela Valladolid always knew she wanted to be a chef. After graduating from the Los Angeles Culinary Institute, Valladolid went on to the Ritz Escoffier Cooking School in Paris to train as a classical French pastry chef. Returning home to run a catering company and teach children about the culinary arts in Tijuana, Valladolid eventually became a food editor at Bon Appétit magazine, but all the while she felt that authentic Mexican food wasn’t accessible, and desperately wanted to rid the world of overflowing burritos filled with liquid yellow cheese. In August 2009, Valladolid showcased her family recipes when she released her first cookbook Fresh Mexico: 100 Simple Recipes for True Mexican Flavor. She then went on to host of her own Food Network show, Mexican Made Easy. And in 2011, Valladolid released her second book, Mexican Made Easy. We think she's made her mark.

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