Kid Chef Eliana recently celebrated her 1st VoiceAmerica Kids Network Birthday! For her anniversary show she interviewed world renowned food icon, Chef Paul Prudhomme. Chef Paul Prudhomme is an internationally recognized name in the culinary industry. He is a television star, a cookbook author, a restaurateur, and a spice mogul. He has propelled the distinctive cuisine of his native Louisiana into the international spotlight and continues to push the limits by creating exciting and new American and international dishes. Chef Paul learned the importance of using the freshest ingredients while cooking at his motherâs side and continues to use only earthâs finest harvests. Chef Paul was always adventurous. His strong curiosity of life and cultural customs motivated him to leave Louisiana in his early 20âs and travel across the United States to experience every culinary environment possible. From an Indian reservation all the way to the finest, five-star restaurant, Chef Paul learned to love, appreciate and blend the flavors of his younger years with those of many other cultures.
For more on the interview, listen on demand here!
12 year old Kid Chef Eliana, host of the show ‘Cool Kids Cook‘ on the VoiceAmerica Kids Channel, grew up in a family of cooks. With grandparents from Cajun Louisiana, the Philippines, Cuba, and Honduras, Elianaâs recipes have international flair. She loves traveling and spending time in the kitchen with her family. Eliana says, âCooking is so much fun. You can be creative and invent new recipes.â Elianaâs first cookbook, âEliana Cooks! Recipes for Creative Kidsâ was released in October 2010. She is awaiting the publication of her second cookbook, âCool Kids Cook: Louisiana.â
At ten years old, Kid Chef Eliana was chosen as one of 13 Latinos profiled in a museum exhibit at the Southern Food and Beverage Museum. She is featured in a book called The Parentsâ Guide to Raising CEO Kids by Dr. Jerry Cook and Sarah L. Cook. She has been a guest chef on Eyewitness Morning News on WWL-TV in New Orleans and has cooked with Celebrity Chef John Besh. She was a featured chef at the New Orleans Seafood Festival and the Louisiana Book Festival. She does numerous media appearances, cooking demonstrations, and book signings.
In the future, Eliana plans to design cookware for kids, create a line of spices, and host her own TV cooking show. She also wants to teach kids that good food is more than chicken nuggets and French fries. Her motto is, âCool kids cook and get creative in the kitchen!â