“From my childhood on, cooking meant sharing and security and a way of “speaking” to people. When I grew up I found that cooking grew also to be a means of celebrating and honoring those who would eat meals that I’d carefully prepared from scratch. Over the years as I lived and thought and learned, cooking grew even more to embrace nearly every aspect of culture and human relationships. I have been lucky to make my career as chef, consultant, and businesswoman a never-ending source of joy and fulfillment.”--Zarela Martinez
Each week for the last forty-six, a food-loving group of bloggers has been studying, choosing a recipe, cooking, photographing, and writing about one very special food expert off the Gourmet Live list of 50 Women-Game Changers in Food. I jumped on this yummy trolley last January at stop number 32, but a good number of these scribes started right from the beginning. We're near the end of the line, but this week we're featuring number forty-seven, Mexican chef, author, teacher, philanthropist, and NYC restauranteur-caterer Zarela Martinez.