Biography of 14-year-old Kid Chef Eliana
“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 on her way to culinary stardom.” – The Wendy Williams Show
Kid Chef Eliana de Las Casas 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, a full-color, hard cover book, Cool Kids Cook: Louisiana, the first in a series, debuted in Spring 2013 (Pelican Publishing) and received a Parents’ Choice Approved award and a 2014 International Latino Book Award. Her second cookbook in this series, Cool Kids Cook: Fresh & Fit, was released in Spring 2014 (Pelican Publishing).
Named one of the “Top 10 Most Famous Kid Critics and Cooks” in the world by The Daily Meal, Kid Chef Eliana is a 14 year old on the move. She has a global weekly radio show called “Cool Kids Cook” on the VoiceAmerica Kids network, part of the VoiceAmerica network with over 9 million monthly listeners. Kid Chef Eliana, as host of “Cool Kids Cook,” is the recipient of a 2013 Special Achievement Taste Award in the Outstanding Kids category. Notable guests include: Chef José Andres; Chef John Besh; Melissa d’Arabian of “Ten Dollar Dinners” on Food Network; Eden Grinshpan of “Eden Eats” on Cooking Channel, Chef Lala; Certified Master Chef Edward Leonard of Le Cordon Bleu; Roger Mooking of “Man, Fire, Food” on Cooking Channel; Chocolatier Jacques Torres AKA Mr. Chocolate; former United States White House Pastry Chef Bill Yosses; and Andrew Zimmern of “Bizarre Foods” on Travel Channel; to name a few.
Kid Chef Eliana was named “2014 Best Up and Coming Chef in Louisiana” by the American Culinary Federation, New Orleans Chapter. She is the SoFAB Institute Kids Ambassador, the IFCO Youth Produce Ambassador, the Crescent City Farmers Market Marketeer Ambassador, and a 2012 honoree 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 series produced by the creators of Iron Chef and hosted by Carla Hall (ABC’s The Chew). Eliana also received a letter of recognition from United States Senator Mary L. Landrieu for her accomplishments as a young chef and was chosen by Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority to receive an award for her preservation of Louisiana culture. She has been featured in numerous print publications including American Girl, New York Magazine, Louisiana Cookin’, The Produce News, Louisiana Kitchen & Culture, GINJA magazine in South Africa, Muses & Visionaries magazine, and TeenVOGUE. She was featured on the January/February 2014 covers of Ingredient magazine and Iguana magazine.
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 the books FutureChefs by Ramin Ganeshram, So You Want to be a Chef by Jane Bedell, New Orleans Con Sabor Latino cookbook by Zella Palmer Cuadra, and The Parents’ Guide to Raising CEO Kids by Dr. Jerry Cook and Sarah L. Cook. She has cooked with Celebrity Chef John Besh and has been a featured chef at the American Library Association Conference and the Farm to Table International Symposium. She is also featured 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 worked with the Boys & Girls Club of America and spoke at their Triple Play Summit at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and with Dove as an “Unstoppable Girl,” curating a menu for their 4th annual Self-Esteem Weekend for Girls at the top of the Empire State Building in New York. She was IFCO’s featured celebrity chef at the 2013 Produce Marketing Association Conference and United Fresh 2014. She does cooking demonstrations, book signings, and numerous media appearances and interviews including Nickelodeon, “The Wendy Williams Show,” and LA 18 in Los Angeles.
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 and encourage kids to become culinary explorers. As Eliana always says, “Cool kids cook and get creative in the kitchen!”