Lorena Garcia

Lorena Garcia Group

With an honorary doctorate degree in culinary arts, Venezuelan-born restaurateur, TV personality, TV producer, philanthropist and published author Lorena Garcia is currently one of the country's leading chefs, well known for numerous TV series, a successful chain of restaurants, and cookbooks. On the heels of the success of her first cookbook, Lorena Garcia's New Latin Classics, Garcia has taken her love of cooking to the next level by creating the Lorena Bella Kitchen Collection for HSN. Her second cookbook Lorena Garcia's New Taco Classics, is available on Sept 29th, 2015.

More recently Garcia has appeared on NBC's "Food Fighters" season one and season two and on Food Network's "Guys Grocery Games." Nickelodeon's "Talia in the kitchen", Bravo's "Top Chef Masters" and "Top Chef All Stars" and Telemundo's "Top Chef Estrellas" to name a few. Garcia has also been featured on the CNN special documentary "Latinos in America" and as a guest on such talk programs as "Queen Latifah," "The Talk," "The Chew" and "The Today Show" amongst others.

Lorena Garcia Cocina opened in 2011 at Miami International Airport. She then opened her second traveler's restaurant in August 2012 at the Atlanta International Airport (Delta International). Garcia's third restaurant COCINA y TAPAS by Lorena Garcia is scheduled to open in Dallas/Ft. Worth (American Airlines) in 2016. In addition to Garcia's restaurants, the Lorena Garcia Culinary Loft located in Miami, FL is available for private events and television productions.

Garcia created "Big Chef, Little Chef" as a comprehensive non-profit program to help children and their families take control of their eating habits and, ultimately, their lives. Garcia partnered with The Alliance for a Healthier Generation, founded by the American Heart Association and the William J. Clinton Foundation, her charity of choice for "Top Chef Masters."

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What is your earliest memory involving food or wine?
Making breakfast for my family. I made a picnic in the middle of the living room at the age of 6.

If you've participated in the Festival before, what is your favorite SOBEWFF memory to date?
I've participated at Fun and Fit as a Family and it has been an event close to my heart teaching kids to cook.

If you could cook with anyone in the world, who would it be?
Chef Ferran Adria

I never leave home without my:
besides the obvious, a hair tie.