Daisy Martinez Debuting New Cooking Show on the Food Network

Daisy Martinez, cookbook author and chef, will soon be serving up some more Latin flavor for the Food Network. Produced by Rachel Ray, Viva Daisy will premier this Saturday at 9:30AM and run for six weeks; the show is the Food Networks second so far to focus on Latino foods, in addition to Ingrid Hoffman's Simply Delicioso.

Viva Daisy will feature Latin inspired cuisines based on Martinez's travels throughout Latin America and recipes she makes at home for her family. No need to worry if your not a pro in the kitchen. Martinez has promised a user-friendly approach that will enable you to easily recreate the delicious dishes featured on her show.

Born to Puerto Rican parents, this Brooklyn, New York native has extended family throughout Latin America, including Central America and Spain. Her international background has inspired her deep interest and appreciation for the diversity of Latin foods.

Prior to hosting the enormously popular PBS series, Daisy Cooks! Martinez worked as a model and actress, appearing in the 1993 film Carlito's Way.

Martinez told the New York Daily News that her new show will provide a more in-depth glimpse into her life, home, and kitchen, "I'm going to be sharing my family with you, sharing meals that we have."

—Maya J. Pope-Chappell