July 19, 1978 |
San Diego, California
|Education||Ritz Escoffier Cooking School , Los Angeles Culinary Institute|
Valladolid was born in San Diego, California. Her interest in pursing a career as a chef was sparked when she began working at her Aunt Marcela's cooking school in Tijuana, Mexico. Valladolid graduated from the Los Angeles Culinary Institute as a "Certified cook" and then moved to Paris, France, where she graduated as a classically trained pastry chef at the Ritz Escoffier Cooking School. She then returned to Tijuana and started her own catering company and taught cooking techniques to classes of 40 students out of her home there.
Valladolid's first cooking show was "Relatos con Sabor" on Discovery en Español which aired in the U.S. and Latin America. In the series, she showed viewers how local Hispanic homes preserve and revive traditional recipes.
Valladolid's second cooking show, the Food Network series "Mexican Made Easy" debuted in January 2010, on the Food Network. Her second cookbook, Mexican Made Easy was released in September 2011 as a companion book to her show. Both Valladolid's book and the program, filmed in San Diego, were designed to show the world there is no "yellow cheese" in traditional Mexican cooking and that her Mexican culinary style can be done with "fresh flavor that fits all."
Valladolid has also appeared in a couple of other Food Network shows. On Throwdown! with Bobby Flay she was a judge for a fish taco themed competition. She and Flay teamed up to defeat Masaharu Morimoto and teammate Andrew Zimmern on a New Year's edition of Iron Chef America in 2012.
On November 27, 2013, Valladolid was a guest model on the Thanksgiving episode of The Price is Right.
Valladolid resides in Chula Vista, California. She has a son named Fausto, whom she jokingly refers to as "the rat." Fausto, along with Valladolid's father and siblings, has appeared on her television show.
- Personal site posting
- Personal interview with San Diego Union Tribute
- Reality TV World
- Personal bio
- Amazon.com short bio
- Blippitt biography
- Relatos con Sabor
- Barnes and Noble
- Book reviews
- Personal Website
- Mexican Made Easy personal homepage
- Photograph "Rat and I"
- Food Network bio