“A pint-sized culinary phenomenon!” – New Orleans Times-Picayune
“I had so much fun cooking with you. You are a sweet and wonderful chef!” – Chef John Besh
“Eliana is a very talented young girl. She represents a new generation of chefs who’s passionate about where she’s from and where she’s going.” - Chef Aaron Sanchez
“I predict you will be a big success.” – Chef Rocco DiSpirito
“Kid Chef Eliana is only 12-years-old but is on her way to culinary stardom.” – The Wendy Williams Show
Kid Chef Eliana grew up in a family of cooks. With grandparents from Cajun Louisiana, the Philippines, Cuba, and Honduras, Eliana’s recipes have international flair. She loves traveling and spending time in the kitchen with her family. Eliana says, “Cooking is so much fun. You can be creative and invent new recipes.” Eliana’s first cookbook, Eliana Cooks! Recipes for Creative Kids was released in October 2010. Her second cookbook, Cool Kids Cook: Louisiana, the first in a series, debuts in Spring 2013 (Pelican Publishing).
Named one of the “Top 10 Most Famous Kid Critics and Cooks” in the world by The Daily Meal and Fox News, Kid Chef Eliana is a 12 year old on the move. She has a global weekly radio show called “Cool Kids Cook,” in which she interviews the nation’s top chefs and names in the food world. Her show is hosted on the Voice America Kids network, part of the Voice America network with over 9 million monthly listeners.
She is a 2012 Winner of New Orleans’ Gambit Weekly’s “40 Under 40” award, which recognizes movers and shakers in the community. She was a competitor in SuperChef Kids, a national cooking competition webisode series produced by the creators of Iron Chef®, sponsored by Bounty® paper towels, judged by Chef Aarón Sanchez, Chef John Besh, and Chef Elizabeth Karmel, and hosted by Carla Hall of ABC’s show, “The Chew.” Eliana also received a letter of recognition from United States Senator Mary L. Landrieu and was chosen by Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority to receive an award for her preservation of Louisiana culture.
At ten years old, Kid Chef Eliana was chosen as one of 13 Latinos profiled in a museum exhibit at the Southern Food and Beverage Museum. She is featured in a book called The Parents’ Guide to Raising CEO Kids by Dr. Jerry Cook and Sarah L. Cook and is a featured kid chef on ZisBoomBah.com, a national website 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, the French Market Creole Tomato Festival, the French Market Cookbook Fair, and the Louisiana Seafood Festival. She does numerous media appearances and interviews including “The Wendy Williams Show,” cooking demonstrations, and book signings.
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. Her motto is, “Cool kids cook and get creative in the kitchen!”