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A classically trained chef, certified nutritionist and sought-after spokeswoman who runs her own high-end catering business, SAVOR!, in Los Angeles, Chef LaLa regularly doles out her savvy solutions for better living at conferences worldwide and on international and national television, including NBC’s TODAY! show, Martha Stewart, Dr. Oz, Univision and CNN en Español, and as an expert on America Now.
Chef LaLa, is an accomplished chef, cookbook author, food stylist, food consultant, certified nutritionist, and motivational speaker. With her creative talents and training, this first generation Latina dynamo is making waves in food, nutrition, health, and lifestyle in both English and Spanish language media.
Inspired by her family of restaurateurs, LaLa is a creative entrepreneur of the first order, operating a first class catering company, launching a line of Chef Lala Homemade sauces and marinades, designing Chef Lala house wares, and developing concepts for a bilingual lifestyle television show.
LaLa has devoted her life to her three passions. First, above all else is her family and her son Maddox. But when she is working, she is devoted to mastering and refining the art of cooking, and to educating communities about how to enjoy traditional cultural cuisine in a healthy way.
It is a lifestyle, not a diet, LaLa says. LaLa developed her love of food in her family’s Mexican restaurants. She then attended the famous Le Cordon Bleu and studied the intricacies of global cuisine. LaLa has been an expert on Discovery Health National Body Challenge, America Now, National Univision Despierta American and Dale con Ganas - The Biggest Loser, Mom Ambush, Telemundo, De Todo Un Poco and most recently on Mom Ambush. LaLa has appeared as a guest on the Today Show, Martha Stewart, Dr. Oz, CNN, CW Network, ABC, CBS, Telemundo, Univision and more.
LaLa’s first book titled Latin Lover Lite was widely popular and sold out its first printing. Her second book, Best Loved Mexican Cooking with Chef LaLa, was released in expanding on her expertise in creating ethnic cuisine with all the traditional flavors, sans the fat. LaLa’s Yummy for your Tummy book was designed with First 5 to help young children grow up healthy and do well in school and in life innovative programs and services designed to help young children grow up healthy and do well in school and in life
As a certified nutritionist, with special interest in the obesity and diabetes crisis in urban America, LaLa is focused on inspiring families to live healthier lives. As someone who has struggled with her own weight, especially after her first child, LaLa knows the challenges women face. As a result, she is able to motivate and inspire her audience in a personal way to accept their bodies and try their best everyday, to live a healthy life.
Over the years, LaLa has supported health and multicultural health education through her work as the spokesperson for the American Diabetes Foundation and the NBA Fit as well as with the following organizations:
- The American Diabetes Association
- American Heart Association
- Kidney Foundation
- NBA Fit
- Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles
- School Garden Network
- Para Los Niños
- L.A.’s BEST
- Step Up Network
- Speaking of Women’s Health
- Step Up Network Mentoring program
- Cancer Association — Susan G. Komen Foundation
- First 5 California
- Five a Day
- The Culinary Institute of America
- Power Women Power Tools, and
- the Sheriff Department V.I.D.A. program.
Awards and Recognition
LaLa has received numerous awards and her recognition for her work as a Latina business woman and for her community service:
- Joselin Institute of Health, Latino Initiatives at Harvard Medical School (2012 honoree)
- American Diabetes Association, Community Spirit Award In recognition for your unparalleled dedication and willingness to utilize your platform to change lives through education and to Stop Diabetes in the Hispanic/Latino Community (2011)
- The NAWBO Inspiration Award (2008)
- MAOF National Hispanic Woman of the Year Award (2008)
- Macy’s ‘Community Star Award (2007)
- General Mills’ ‘Corazon de Comunidad’ (Heart of the Community (2007)
- LBWA Latinas in Business Award (2006)
Whether she’s teaching nutritious cooking at the National Association of Medical Hispanic Professionals, a community event, or on a TV show, or promoting her line of healthy and authentic Latin meal solutions, LaLa is on fire with her desire to share everything she has learned to make peoples lives healthier and happier — one meal at a time.