On this show I tour Latin America by way of it’s kitchens when I cook with two amazing Latin American cooks. First up, Chef Letitia Morenos Schwartz takes me to a Brazilian café to taste some of the unique flavors of her native country; then we shop for some ‘only in Brazil’ ingredients at a specialty market. Back in the kitchen, we put a Brazilian twist on salt cod, or bacalhau with a Salt Cod Stew. Later, a superfan by way of the CIA (and not the cooking school) joins me to make an essential dish of her native Puerto Rico – Pigeon Peas with Rice (Arroz Con Gandules) or Arroz Con Gandules, followed by her addictive Tostones (fried plantains).
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After getting a BA in Economics in Brazil, Leticia moved to NYC and enrolled at the French Culinary Institute where she graduated from the Culinary & Pastry Arts programs. She worked at Le Cirque, La Caravelle, & La Grenouille in NYC. She later studied journalism and is the author of three cookbooks, becoming a nationally recognized food personality in the U.S, making frequent appearances on major network programs such as The Today Show, Fox News, and CBS The Couch. She was an NBC correspondent for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio and worked with Merck as the spokesperson for a healthy living campaign. Her work has been featured at a variety of web and print media outlets such as The New York Times, Fine Cooking Magazine, Saveur, The Washington Post, Eating Well, and Bon Appetit. She recently completed her executive education in Digital Marketing at Yale University.
To check out Leticia’s virtual cooking classes Visit www.chefleticia.com
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