Gregarious and gorgeous, Grace Ramirez sizzles with style in the kitchen. Grace has mixed the flavor of a dozen Latino cuisines with her edgy style to create an award-winning iconic brand: LA LATINA
The Miami-born chef was raised in Venezuela and combines comforting soul food with her own culinary chic. When the former MASTERCHEF USA contestant isn’t creating dishes to die for, she's making people hungry with GOOEY FOODS, a show which airs in the Cooking Channel USA. She's also the host of Food Network LATAM: DESTINO CON SABOR, currently airing throughout Mexico and Latin America, and is also an expert Judge on one of New Zealand’s highest rated shows: MY KITCHEN RULES which airs in New Zealand, the UK and Asia.
The former producer and director spent over a decade working for some of the largest TV Networks in the industry. First at Viacom: under Nickelodeon, then MTV and finally ending her role as a TV Producer at the Food Network. But the kitchen and its “magic powers” were always calling her, so Grace made the life-changing decision to quit her hard-won job on the network’s biggest show, THROWDOWN WITH BOBBY FLAY, and auditioned for the first series of MASTERCHEF USA. Selected from 60,000 people to compete in the Gordon Ramsey show, Grace made it to the second round, and Chef Ramsey encouraged her to get formal training and come back. She went after her formal training and won a scholarship to the prestigious French Culinary Institute in New York City, while attending cooking school she was working at Eataly, but when her husband got a job in New Zealand, Grace was hungry for a new culinary adventure.
As a New York City chef used to having strawberries and fresh basil in the middle of winter, she learned to have a more seasonal approach to cooking in New Zealand. While in New Zealand, Grace volunteered for the Garden to Table program, which aims to teach kids about where their food comes from. The experience opened her eyes not only to seasonal cooking, but how things grow. This city girl discovered her inner-hunter gatherer and learned to fish, hunt, slaughter, skin, preserve and cook different kinds of game meats.
This life changing experience lead to collaborating with different local organizations, to raise funds and awareness for the horticultural society in NYC, Wellness in the Schools, and World Central Kitchen.
While down under, she also wrote for different food publications, taught cooking classes and co-hosted My Kitchen Rules, where she’s now coined the Jennifer Lopez of the cooking world.
Grace brings warmth, honesty and passion to her role as presenter, cooking instructor or food tour guide. Her dream is to share her cooking philosophy with children by creating Garden to Table Programs all around Latin America and the world.
Grace is currently promoting Gooey her new show for Cooking Channel USA, as well Food Network’s Latin America show DESTINO CON SABOR and her cookbook LA LATINA. She’s also working on her second cookbook due in the spring.
Chef Grace Ramirez Demo Reel
Destino Con Sabor Promo
La Latina Cookbook Sneak Peak