Marcela Luz Valladolid
July 19, 1978 (age 37) (
San Diego, California
Ritz Escoffier Cooking School , Los Angeles Culinary Institute
Maria Rodriguez Valladolid, Antonio Valladolid
Fresh Mexico: 100 Simple Recipes for True Mexican Flavor
Katie Lee, Paul Hollywood, Sunny Anderson, Jeff Mauro, Geoffrey Zakarian
Chef marcela valladolid cooks up traditional tamales on the queen latifah show
Marcela Luz Valladolid (born July 19, 1978) is an American chef and author. She is the host of the Food Network television series Mexican Made Easy, and a co-host of the Food Network television series The Kitchen.
- Chef marcela valladolid cooks up traditional tamales on the queen latifah show
- Chef marcela valladolid shares healthier mexican favorites
- Early life
- Personal life
Chef marcela valladolid shares healthier mexican favorites
Valladolid was born in San Diego, California. Her father's last name is Valladolid and her mother's maiden name is Rodriguez, so on her website she follows hispanic naming tradition and lists two last names as Marcela Valladolid Rodriguez. Her interest in pursuing a career as a chef was sparked when she began working at her Aunt Marcela's cooking school in Tijuana, Mexico. Valladolid graduated from the Los Angeles Culinary Institute as a "Certified cook" and then moved to Paris, France, where she graduated as a classically trained pastry chef at the Ritz-Escoffier Cooking School.
She then returned to Tijuana and started her own catering company and taught cooking techniques to classes of 40 students out of her home there.
Valladolid's first cooking show was "Relatos con Sabor" on Discovery en Español which aired in the U.S. and Latin America. In the series, she showed viewers how local Hispanic homes preserve and revive traditional recipes.
Valladolid's first cookbook, Fresh Mexico: 100 Simple Recipes for True Mexican Flavor, debuted in August 2009 and has since received positive reviews.
Valladolid's second cooking show, "Mexican Made Easy", debuted in January 2010 on the Food Network. Her second cookbook, Mexican Made Easy, was released in September 2011 as a companion book to her show. Both Valladolid's book and the show, filmed in San Diego, were designed to show the world there is no "yellow cheese" in traditional Mexican cooking and that her Mexican culinary style can be done with "fresh flavor that fits all."
Valladolid has also appeared in other Food Network shows. On Throwdown! with Bobby Flay she was a judge for a fish taco-themed competition. She and Flay teamed up to defeat Masaharu Morimoto and teammate Andrew Zimmern on a New Year's edition of Iron Chef America in 2012. Also in 2012, she competed in a celebrity version of Chopped in which she advanced to the final round and finished second (out of four competitors). In 2013, she served as a judge on Guy's Grocery Games.
On November 27, 2013, Valladolid was a guest model on the Thanksgiving episode of The Price Is Right, and long before that was a contestant in 2004 playing "That's Too Much", winning a car.
In January 2014, Marcela debuted as one of the co-hosts on Food Network's new show The Kitchen.
Valladolid resides in Chula Vista, California.
In March of 2013, Valladolid had a brief affair with her American Baking Competition co-host, Paul Hollywood. Amidst the affair rumors, Hollywood's wife subsequently filed for divorce. The American Baking Competition was soon cancelled due to poor ratings, and Valladolid and Hollywood parted ways.
Valladolid has a son named Fausto, whom she jokingly refers to as "the rat." Fausto, along with Valladolid's father and siblings, has appeared on her television show. Valladolid welcomed her second son, David on April 9, 2015. Valladolid welcomed a baby girl, Anna on December 5, 2016 with fiancé Philip Button.