First things first- I’m Liza, a cook not a writer. So let’s not be too critical from the get-go. I haven’t taken a writing course in ages, but I did attend culinary school in NYC after deciding to make a career out of cooking for others. These days I’m living in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Before Argentina happened….
I grew up in New Orleans, Louisiana, (hence NOLAchef) by far one of the greatest city in the good ole U.S.A. My grandfather had an Italian grocery store in the French Quarter and my dad was in the pizza business. Needless to say, I ate good and a lot.
In 2005 Hurricane Katrina moved me to New York City where I spent five wonderful years.
I needed a break from the dreadful Northern winter so I headed to Southern California for a few months, give beach life a chance. There I became a vegetarian and started researching the power of food, something I’m completely fascinated with. I decided I wanted to improve peoples lives through food, make a career out of it.
So I drove back to NYC and began my culinary adventures. I enrolled in the culinary arts program at FCI while working in a Mexican kitchen at Hecho en Dumbo in the east village by day. It was food 24/7 between the restaurant hours and night classes. I LOVED EVERY MINUTE OF IT. Mostly.
In 2010 I took off for 6 weeks in Central America, my first backpacking experience. Along the way I met an animator from Argentina and we wound up traveling together for 5 MONTHS. At some point between Colombia and the North of Argentina we fell in love and have been together ever since. We reside in Buenos Aires and have opened a small restaurant called Nola.
It’s my first time living abroad and I am loving every minute of it! This blog started as a project to keep me motivated in the kitchen and stay in touch with friends and family back home without having to rely on facebook. It’s been such a positive experience and has led me to meet so many interesting people. I don’t think I’ll ever stop!
If you need to contact me write to NOLAchefinfo@gmail.com or follow me on twitter here.