Take the best flavors, spices and techniques of Latin American kitchens to your table with our accomplished chefs as your guides.
Chef Maya León-Meis
Chef Maya León-Meis was born and raised in Lima, Peru. Her mother, Yolita, was an amazing cook who taught her daughters how to cook with the most extraordinary flavors.
Later, Maya studied at Escoffier School of Culinary Arts in Boulder, Colorado, and finally graduated as a Nutritional Chef at the Nutrition Therapy Institute in Denver, Colorado. Additionally, Chef Maya received some professional training at EXPRO, Culinary School and at the Japanese-Peruvian Institute in Lima, Peru.
Maya co-authored the cookbook Maya’s Secrets published by the American Cancer Society in 2013. This cookbook has received numerous regional and national awards such as “The Best Ethnic Cookbook” in 2013, and “The Best Cookbook in the Health and Nutrition Category” in 2013. The book represented the U.S.A. in the International Cookbook Contest held in Beijing, China, in May 2014.
Maya, after surviving breast cancer twice, was inspired to create her own television cooking show to share healthy cooking with other cancer patients. Thanks to a grant from the Colorado Department of Public Health and the Environment, her show was on the air on Azteca America Colorado from 2006 to 2010. Later, her show aired on Telemundo-Denver from 2011 to 2012.
Chef Chris Meis
Chef Chris Meis graduated as a Nutritional Chef from the Nutrition Therapy Institute in Denver, Colorado.
Chris was born in Denver, Colorado, and raised enjoying Peruvian dishes cooked by his mother Chef Maya and his grandmother. He also has lived in Peru with grandparents Carlos and Yolita, and it was there that he fell in love with Peruvian cooking. He has recently received training in Peru in various culinary schools in Lima.
In recent years Chris has been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. However, he follows a special dietary regimen that allows him to manage this ailment successfully. His education and training has prepared him to share this amazing diet with others who might benefit as he has.
Chef Chris has adapted the ingredients of many Peruvian dishes as his diet allows. Hence, the development of delicious dishes for the purpose of nurturing people with health challenges like his.
Together, Chefs Chris and Maya plan to create a cookbook especially for MS patients with recipes that are both nutritious and delicious.