Chopped - Eliana

Biography of 16-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. Eliana says, “Cooking is so much fun. You can be creative and invent new recipes.” Eliana has three cookbooks: Eliana Cooks! Recipes for Creative Kids; Cool Kids Cook: Louisiana, which won a Parents’ Choice Approved Award and a 2014 International Latino Book Award (Pelican Publishing); and Cool Kids Cook: Fresh & Fit (Pelican Publishing). Kid Chef Eliana is enrolled at the New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts, a high school arts conservatory with a full, four-year culinary program funded by the Emeril Lagasse Foundation with a Johnson &Wales curriculum. During Summer 2015, she staged at the world famous New Orleans restaurant, Commander’s Palace, under James Beard Award-Winning Executive Chef Tory McPhail.

Named one of the “Top 10 Most Famous Kid Critics and Cooks” in the world by The Daily Meal, Kid Chef Eliana is a 16 year old on the move. She is competing on Chopped Teen Tournament against 15 other talented teen chefs on Food Network. The series airs August 23, 2016 and Eliana’s episode airs on Tuesday, September 13, 2016. Eliana will also be launching her line of spices called “Spice It Up!” and will start the line with her Creole seasoning blend.

A four-year radio show veteran, her previous global weekly radio show, “Cool Kids Cook,” won two consecutive Taste Awards. Her new radio show, “Let’s Get Cookin’,” airs on New Orleans community radio station 102.3 WHIV (“We Honor Independent Voices”). Notable guests include: Chef Hugh Acheson; Chef José Andres; Chef Lidia Bastianich; Chef John Besh; Melissa d’Arabian of “Ten Dollar Dinners” on Food Network; 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 volunteers as the SoFAB Institute Kids Ambassador and the Crescent City Farmers Market Marketeer Ambassador, educating families through cooking demos using fresh, seasonal ingredients. To that end, she is also an avid gardener and loves to harvest herbs, fruits, and veggies from her kitchen garden. She is 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, Kiwi Magazine, 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 just 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, Taste TV’s French Chocolate cookbook, 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 shared the cooking stage with Celebrity Chef John Besh and has been a featured chef at the NYC Kids Food Festival sponsored by the James Beard Foundation, the American Library Association Conference, and the Farm to Table International Symposium. She is also featured at many festivals including the Louisiana Seafood Festival, the Louisiana Book Festival, the French Market Creole Tomato Festival, the French Market Cookbook Fair, and NOLA Christmas Fest. She spoke at the Boys & Girls Club of America Triple Play Summit at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and worked 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 a featured celebrity chef, doing cooking demos at the annual Produce Marketing Association and United Fresh conferences. She does cooking demonstrations, book signings, and numerous media appearances and interviews including Nickelodeon, “The Wendy Williams Show,” LA 18 in Los Angeles, and a public television documentary called “Latino Cuisine in New Orleans.” 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!”