Inspiring Latina: Food Network Host And Chef Marcela Valladolid

Marcela Valladolid is on a mission. A mission to prove to the world that there is no yellow cheese in Mexican cooking.

From a young age, Valladolid knew she could become an advocate for great Mexican food that delivers freshness and flavor without forcing people to track down hard to find ingredients or spend hours over the stove. Nowadays, she's bringing that mission to life as the host of Food Network's acclaimed program Mexican Made Easy. 

When did her passion for authentic Mexican flavors begin? She grew up passionate about food, and surrounded by expert, traditional cooks in her hometown of Tijuana, Mexico. "My Latin culture has influenced everything I am," she said. "I was raised in Tijuana and would cross the international border every single day to go to school in San Diego... I feel just as much American as I do a Mexican, and you can see it in everthing I do."

Growing up, nothing inspired Valladolid more than seeing misinformation being spread about authentic Mexican food. Her cuisine was reduced to stereotypes: masked by overstuffed burritos and drowned in liquid cheese. 

However, she saw an opportunity to change that perception of Mexican comida when she landed her own cooking show on Discovery En Español called Relatos con Sabor. Around the same time, she also competed on The Apprentice: Martha Stewart, coming in fourth place. 

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