1. When did you first become interested in food and entertainment?
Since I was a child. My mother had started her catering company and restaurant, and she entertained a lot so there were always many dinners and parties at my house and for her business.
2. What inspired you to be a Guest Mentor on The Taste?
My life and world revolve around food, and when it comes to sharing knowledge it is all about paying it forward.
3. This episode was centered on the idea of ‘Seduction’. What makes a food seductive to you?
Food awakens the senses and is one of the biggest pleasures in life. Most of dating and sharing life revolves around dinners. Being Latin as I am, I guess I am warm blooded, and for us food is love, and that is seductive.
4. What’s the best cooking advice you’ve ever received? What advice would you offer the contestants?
There are no rules. Have fun with it and taste as you cook so you can adapt. The best you’ve ever given? The same.
5. What did you like best about working with the contestants?
Their eagerness and love for the craft.
6. What was your favorite moment while filming this episode?
There were many! And then I had to catch a flight back to Miami to come film my own show and so I never found out who won the challenge. So I will be watching this episode and truly not know who the winner is.
7. Which recipe from your cookbook, Simply Delicioso, would best fall under this episode’s theme?
The three that first to come to mind, my dad’s brandied shrimp, my Wicked Chica Punch and my flan.