â€œA pint-sized culinary phenomenon!â€
â€”New Orleans Times-Picayune
â€œI had so much fun cooking with you. You are a sweet and wonderful chef!â€
â€”Chef John Besh
â€œI predict you will be a big success.â€
â€”Chef Rocco DiSpirito
Kid Chef Eliana grew up in a family of cooks. With grandparents from Cajun Louisiana, the Philippines, Cuba, and Honduras, Elianaâ€™s recipes have international flair. She loves traveling and spending time in the kitchen with her family. Eliana says, â€œCooking is so much fun. You can be creative and invent new recipes.â€ Eliana plans a series to follow the debut of Cool Kids Cook: Louisiana.
Kid Chef Eliana has been selected at the youngest ever recipient of the â€œTop 40 Under 40â€ movers and shakers award by Gambit Magazine and named one of the 10 Most Famous Kid Critics and Cooks by The Daily Meal and Fox News. She has a global weekly radio show called Cool Kids Cook on the VoiceAmerica Kids network, part of the VoiceAmerica network with more than four million weekly listeners. She was a competitor in SuperChef Kids, a national cooking competition webisode series produced by the creators of Iron ChefÂ®, sponsored by BountyÂ® paper towels, and hosted by Carla Hall of ABCâ€™s show The Chew. At ten years old, Kid Chef Eliana was chosen as one of thirteen Latinos profiled in a museum exhibit at the Southern Food and Beverage Museum in New Orleans. She is featured in a book called The Parentsâ€™ Guide to Raising CEO Kids by Dr. Jerry Cook and Sarah L. Cook and is a featured kid chef on ZisBoomBah.com, a national Web site for kid foodies. She has cooked with celebrity Chef John Besh and has been a featured chef at many festivals, including the New Orleans Seafood Festival, the Louisiana Book Festival, and the French Market Creole Tomato Festival. She does numerous media appearances, cooking demonstrations, and book signings, and has appeared on national television shows including The Wendy Williams Show.
In the future, Eliana plans to design chef wear and cookware for kids, create a line of spices, and host her own TV cooking show. Her mission is to educate kids and inspire them to explore new foods, because good food is more than chicken nuggets and French fries. Her motto is â€œCool kids cook and get creative in the kitchen!â€