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Grace Ramirez

When chef Grace Ramírez decided to write a cookbook, after graduating from New York’s French Culinary Institute, she packed it with recipes not just from her native Venezuela but from across Central and South America. She called it La Latina, and put her own spin on classics from many countries.

In her Food Network Latin America television show, Destino con sabor, she takes viewers along with her as she travels across these same Latin American countries, tasting and exploring, and learning about the history of place and food.

It’s not Ramírez’s first foray into television. In New York, where she’d come from Miami (her second home) to launch her career, she had been on the production crew of Food Network’s Throwdown! with Bobby Flay (after stints at MTV and Nickelodeon). When she was chosen to compete in the first season of MasterChef, it was a sea change for Ramírez, from producer to “talent.” She was dismissed by chef Gordon Ramsay in the second round of the show and knew at that point she needed to work on her professional cooking chops. That’s when she put her head down at the French Culinary Institute, and the cookbook followed. She was also a regular guest judge on the program My Kitchen Rules, when she lived in Auckland, New Zealand, for four years.

In the three short years since La Latina was published, Ramírez has become a readily recognizable personality in the international food community, as she shares what she loves best about being Latina with the world.


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