March is Women’s History Month. But every day of every month, we should take time to appreciate the women and girls in our lives. Where would we be without them? In our sphere of work, we are in awe of the wonderful women upholding their cultural roots and carrying on cherished traditional recipes. Here are just a few of the women we look up to in the food industry!
Mother-daughter duo Fay and Angela DeLeon celebrate their culture through food! Fay has been cooking her favorite Jamaican recipes for her family for more than 50 years. Not long ago, her daughters started showing interest in learning to cook Jamaican dishes so they can carry on the tradition for their families. Together Fay and Angela come together with a mission to “spread Jamaican culture around the world by sharing [their] beloved family recipes and stories.”
Monti Carlo specializes in Cali-Rican cuisine, a “fusion of Caribbean flavors and California technique”. She was featured in the Top 5 of Gordon Ramsay’s MasterChef 3. She also has tons of great Puerto Rican recipes to learn on her website Island Girl Cooks. One of her great passions is reducing food waste. She strives to not only share the taste of the island and but also assure we’re using all the food we buy.
Noemi Lardizabal-Dado believes “if one is exposed to good food, it’s easy to cook.” She actually didn’t learn to cook her first dish until she was 21-years-old. But since then, she’s expanded her knowledge-base to Pinoy, Filipino and other food recipes. Her daughter, Lauren, and husband, Butch helped her run her blog.
If you’re in search of wholesome, healthy Mexican food recipes look no further! Ana Frias is devoted to living well but also believes that “no foods are off-limits if eaten in moderation”. Through her blog, she hopes to show others that they don’t have to give up the cultural foods they love in the name of health. Her recipes capture the essence of what we love about Mexican food while also incorporating mindful eating into the mix!
Ronke Edoho is the founder of 9jafoodie and LoseitNigerian. She strives to help others live healthy on a Nigerian diet. Her healthy eating brand has been implemented by tens of thousands of individuals across over 80 countries. In 2018, she won the Eloy Award for chef of the year. Her goal is to add value to the Nigerian food chains in any way she can!