Meet the Chefs
As one of the nation’s top celebrity chefs best known for her television roles on Top Chef Masters, America’s Next Great Restaurant and two times Emmy winning morning show Despierta America on Univision. Garcia has published two bestselling cookbooks. Though she originally went to school in Venezuela to become a lawyer, she soon realized she had a different calling and enrolled in cooking school in the United States.
Lauren Arboleda, founder of Food from the Heart, is a self-taught cook, certified health coach, author & MasterChef Latino 2019. She was born in Colombia and currently resides in Miami, FL, aside from being a proud wife and mom, Lauren is head over heels for food (real food)! This is why she started this journey.
Es una Chef Internacional, especializada en Cocina saludable, quien desde niña se interesó en aprender a cocinar y en cuidar su salud.
Su interés permanente en aprender sobre gastronomía y salud, la motivó a prepararse académicamente; realizando distintas formaciones en el área de nutrición, deportes, salud y tness, lo cual le permitió adquirir conocimientos que luego aplicaría en la transformación de su propio estilo de vida y el de su familia.
Within the team of Celebrity Chefs participating in the Doral Food & Wine Festival, we have the honor to introduce to you, Chris Valdes! Born in Miami but raised in a Cuban household, Chris’ passion for cooking started at an early age. After obtaining a scholarship from Le Cordon Bleu, he saw early success when he opened his own catering company. Chris’ career has only gone uphill from here, and now we will have him and his talent with us at the Doral Food & Wine Festival. Come and taste the world at his hands!