Chopped - Eliana

About 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


Chef Eliana is an award-winning celebrity chef, cookbook author, and personality from New Orleans, LA. She is the Chopped Teen Grand Champion and CEO of Spice It Up!, a seasoning blend company. She 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). She is currently working on writing her fourth cookbook. Chef Eliana graduated from the New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts, a high school arts conservatory with a full, four-year culinary program funded, in part, by the Emeril Lagasse Foundation with a Johnson & Wales curriculum. She currently attends Florida International University in Miami where she is getting her bachelor’s degree in Culinary Management.

A four-year radio show veteran, her previous global weekly radio show, “Cool Kids Cook,” won two consecutive Taste Awards. Her other radio show, “Let’s Get Cookin’,” aired on New Orleans community radio station 102.3 WHIV (“We Honor Independent Voices”). Notable guests included: 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.

Chef Eliana was named one the “Best Chefs of Louisiana 2018” by the American Culinary Federation, New Orleans Chapter. As the SoFAB Institute Kids Ambassador and the Crescent City Farmers Market Marketeer Ambassador, she educates 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. Chef Eliana’s mission is to encourage kids and families to eat fresh and become culinary explorers. She loves traveling and learning about other cultures through their food.

Television appearances include Food Network, the TODAY show, the Wendy Williams Show, PBS, Nickelodeon, and more. Print media features include American Girl, Louisiana Kitchen & Culture, Louisiana Cookin’, New York Magazine, TeenVogue, and more.