Born in California, grown in New York, rooted in Caracas, Andrea is an enthusiastic wide-eyed traveler, whose respect for cultures and societies develops intrinsically through the foods and flavors that make people who they are.
After years of working and traveling as a cost of living consultant Andrea's curiosity and passion for foreign cultures became a constant search for the flavors that make up uncharted territories. It was through market walks, chats and nibbles in Khan el-Khalili, Cairo, Tsukiji Market, Tokyo and Porta Palazzo, Torino, to name a few; that her appreciation for authentic food as portal to a cultures heart was fully unveiled.
Andrea came to realize that food is the most important way in which she relates to the world. Cooking for others, sharing a meal, the passing down of food traditions, are all a vehicle for human-connection. Andrea needed more, so she turned her passion for healthy and culturally-sensitive eating into something bigger. In 2014, she obtained her Masters degree in Gastronomy from Boston University and later her chef's cap from the Natural Gourmet Institute for Health and Culinary Arts.
Ever since, she's been developing recipes and menus while exploring food photography, styling and writing in Brooklyn, NY. Andrea is a proud part-owner of the vegetarian Disco and Taco joint better known as Black Flamingo, also in Brooklyn, NY.
"Farm to table idealist, but most importantly food realist"
Favorite Food: Blueberries, but lasagna is awesome too…
Favorite Food Movie: The Cook the Thief His Wife & Her Lover
Favorite Food Painting: Pablo Picasso. The Frugal Meal, 1904
Favorite Meal: The one that got away
Favorite Cook: Grandma