When President Obama put together Fiesta Latina White House celebration, his people called on Cuban-born Presilla to make the pan-Latino meal. She served Puerto Rican pasteles alongside Brazilian black-eyed pea arrumadinho alongside Guatemalan slaw. Mixing our cultures on a menu is what the woman does best! The two-time James Beard award nominee for Best Chef-Northeast, owns two loved pan-Latino restaurants in Hoboken, New Jersey. But she’s also a leading scholar on Latin and Spanish culinary history who has put out cookbooks that changed the American perception of Latin food.