Celebrity Chef Team
Chef Michelle Bernstein, a Miami native of Jewish and Latin descent, has dazzled diners and critics alike with her sublime cuisine and a personality as bright and vibrant as the Florida sun. “My food isn’t heavy handed or unnecessarily complicated,” says Bernstein, a James Beard Award winner (Best Chef South 2008) and author of Cuisine a Latina (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 2008). “You don’t need heavy handed technique and over the top presentations to make a dish work. It’s about amazing ingredients, layered flavors and simplicity. My style of cooking is inspired by my own food memories and it’s the simple, soulful cooking that I remember from my travels. I cook the food I love and I think that love translates to the diners.”
George Duran is a chef and entertainer. Author of Take This Dish and Twist it and host of TLC’s Ultimate Cake Off. Duran was born and raised in Venezuela, the son of Armenian immigrants. With such a diverse background, when it came time for college—New York City seemed the obvious choice. So Duran left his beloved Caracas (and more importantly, his beloved mother’s home cooking) behind to attend New York University, where he majored in Communications Studies (and minored in begging his mother to send Care Packages of her home cooking). There, he commenced his all-out assault on a career in radio and TV production, culminating in 1996–with an award for Best Radio Talk Show at the National Association of College Broadcasters for his work hosting HYE Time Radio show on WNYU.
“You can’t go wrong with simple and delicious Latin-inspired recipes like these. In fact, I guarantee that your friends and family will be able to roll their R’s when they say QUE RICO!” -Chef George Duran
Aarón Sánchez is the co-star of Food Network’s hit series, Chopped, as well as the star of FOX Life’s #1 rated series Aarón Loves NY and their new travel-food series MOTOCHEFS. Aarón is the Chef/Partner of Johnny Sánchez with locations in Baltimore and New Orleans. He is also the culinary visionary behind Crossroads at House of Blues nationwide. The son of celebrated Mexican cooking authority Zarela Martinez, Aarón’s passion, commitment and skills have placed him among the country’s leading contemporary Latin chefs.