Inspiring Latina of the Week: 13-Year-Old 'Kid Chef' Eliana de Las Casas

You have a lot of celebrity fans, including chefs themselves! Who is your favorite celebrity and favorite chef?

I love One Direction and Ed Sheeran. I’m really into my music. As far as celebrity chefs go, I love Giada de Laurentiis and I met her. She is really sweet. I have had the privilege of being mentored by José Andrés, John Besh, Eden Grinshpan, Aarón Sanchez, Andrew Zimmern, and many more. My chef’s hat is really special because inside, I have the signatures of so many of the celebrity chefs I admire. I guess it’s my lucky hat!

How did you hear about this Dove Self-Esteem Weekend project?

I use Dove products in my daily life and have always loved their Campaign for Real Beauty. I have also worked with the Boys & Girls Club of America so when this opportunity became available, I knew I would lend my support because I love Dove’s message of inspiring girls to be unstoppable.

Why did you want to get involved?

I love the commitment Dove has made to create a world where beauty is a source of confidence, not anxiety. For this year's 4th Annual Dove Self-Esteem Weekend, Dove is making girls unstoppable. 6 out of 10 girls stop doing the things they love because they feel bad about their looks. That's crazy! I wanted to join Dove shine a light on the girls who never stop doing what they love! I am proud to be an unstoppable girl.

What's the menu you've prepared?

For the menu, I have prepared:

Prosciutto wrapped breadsticks, fruit salsa with cinnamon tortilla chips, chicken salad croissants, homemade hummus with pita chips and veggies, deviled eggs, and a walking taco (a 7-layer dip with toritlla chips).

We focused on “grab and go” menu items to make it easy for the girls to move around and snack.

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