2016 Latina of Influence | Chef LaLa
Hispanic Lifestyle is pleased to recognize Chef LaLa as a 2016 Latina of Influence. Chef LaLa along with her fellow Latinas of Influence are invited to participate in Hispanic Lifestyle’s Latina Conference to be held on April 8, 2016 at the Ontario Airport Hotel, Ontario, CA. The complete listing of Hispanic Lifestyle’s 2016 Latinas of Influence can be found on Hispaniclifestyle.com
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.
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 cuisine in a healthy way.It is a lifestyle, not a diet, LaLa says. LaLa developed her love of food in her family’s 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 Fox’s hit Show THE REAL. LaLa has appeared as a guest on the Today Show, Martha Stewart, Dr. Oz, CNN, CW Network, ABC, CBS, Telemundo, Univision and more.
Chef LaLa is an executive chef for a Los Angeles based meal delivery company that specializes in providing superfoods with super standards to help busy people live the healthiest possible lives. “We create ready-to-eat, delicious, chef-crafted meals made with nutrient dense, locally sourced, organic, gluten free, and dairy free superfoods.”
LaLa believes knowledge is power and holds Professional Certificate in Nutrition for Optimal Health, Wellness, and Sports, San Diego State University, Diabetes Self Management Specialist Certifications from, Penn State/ Arizona State/ Central Arizona College, Lifestyle Medicine certifications from Harvard Medical School CME, and is a recent honorree of the Joselin Institute of Health, Latino Initiatives at Harvard Medical School Award.
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
Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles
School Garden Network
Para Los Niños
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)
Nomination submitted by Veronica Gutierrez