Maria Elena R.


Los Angeles, CA

Member since:

May 3, 2013


Name at least three of your favorite cuisines

French, Italian, Mexican, Asian

What is your favorite vacation spot?

Monterey Bay, California

Describe the most memorable meal you've ever had

4 hour Christmas Eve dinner in France when I was a broke student there

What is your cooking level? Beginner, intermediate, advanced, professional, etc... and which type of cuisine is your specialty?

intermediate, French technique that is applicable to Asian, Mexican cuisine as well

Please tell the group a little bit about your interest in food and cooking

Travel was my inspiration for cooking. Re-creating what I ate abroad is what make me go to cooking school. Working for catering restaurants companies was always a second job. Food history and culinary science are my latest interests.


I'm a member of the French Conversation Meet Up in Santa Monica. I have worked as a prep and line cook and served as the head "commis" at the LA Times Book Festival Cooking Stage for 9 years. Am a dedicated foodie. Am also a writer-producer.

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