October 2019 Chef of the Month- Adriana Londono

As October rolls around, not only are we pumped for delicious fall recipes, but we’re so excited to introduce our October Chef of the Month- Adriana Londono! Chef Adriana was born in Colombia & now resides/works in sunny Los Angeles and Valle de Guadalupe in Mexico. She is a private, holistic chef that is constantly creating innovative, healthy and plant-based recipes. From Avocado Risotto to Avocado Chocolate Mousse, her creativity and passion for food is inspirational. Find her story below!

 

 

 

 

1. Where were you born?
Colombia

2. Where do you work and where are you based?
Los Angeles and Valle de Guadalupe (Mexico’s wine country). I am a holistic private chef.

3. What is your favorite kitchen tool in creating your masterpieces/dishes?
My tomato peeler. As a plant-based chef, there are so many vegetables to peel and the tomato peeler makes life quite easy.

4. What is your sharpest sense out of all the 5 senses?
Smell!

5. What advice would you offer for aspiring chefs?
Stick to your ideals when it comes to cooking. You want to be able to cook with the ingredients you love so that you can enjoy the process and offer your best creations.

6. What is one culinary tip every chef should know and perfect?
Pickling! Pickled vegetables compliment a dish very nicely, whether it is plant-based or not.

7. What does good food mean to you?
Healthy, holistic with fantastic flavor.

8. What features are important to you when selecting your chef outfit?
I am a girl, so I want to make sure my waist is highlighted and I also avoid white as I work a lot with beets, avocados and chocolate… hehe.

9. Favorite ingredient to work with?
I am obsessed now with cassava flour. It is an amazing substitute for wheat flour as it has some elasticity which is similar to gluten. I bake with it, make pizza crusts, tortillas, cookies, etc.

10. Favorite City to dine out in?
Los Angeles. Amazing plant-based restaurants there: Café gratitude, Plant food + Wine, Crossroads and Gracias Madre.

11. Best Dish you have ever made?
Mmm… that is a hard one, but the one that surprised me the most and is high up on my list is avocado risotto.

12. What do you like to eat most often on your days off?
Vegan pizza!

13. Person you would most like to cook for?
My boyfriend- he is my biggest fan and supporter.

14. What made you decide to become a chef?
At 28 I was diagnosed with a chronic illness called Meniere’s disease. Due to that, I couldn’t go out to restaurants anymore as I had to follow a low sodium diet and since I loved to eat amazing food, I started to cook it for myself and got really good at it.
I never had training of any sort but having lived in Italy and France helped me develop a sophisticated palette.

5 years ago, I decided to give plant-based cooking a chance and I am so enamored by it. I have so much more fun with it than I ever did using animal products. I feel challenged every day and feel very satisfied when I create new dishes that feel, taste and are real food without having to have hurt any animal in the process.

The world of plants is so vast and exciting; I am now learning to incorporate into my dishes many edible flowers, a succulent plant here in Mexico called Salicornia, vegan cheeses and butters, microgreens of all sorts and all kinds of non-gluten flours. Cooking has never been more fun!

 

Connect with our October Chef of the Month

Instagram: @cookingwithadriana

Youtube: Cooking with Adriana

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