My concept and idea of the Latino Culinary Institute® was created a studio and test kitchen to explore the native ingredients from Latin America and share the secrets for creating delectable food with you.
As a true Foodie I’m fascinated with how Latino cuisine has been growing in popularity. This interest has generated a huge demand for expertise of Latino ingredients, the culinary history and we now had a wider variety of new products and recipes that are readily available throughout the country.
Latin America has contributed native ingredients to the culinary world with such as: tomatoes, corn, avocados, and cacao - you know chocolate. Goodness - what would we do without chocolate, life is certainly richer with chocolate. I will be talking about chocolate later.
I really feel that our deepest expression of our culture is through our food and those family gatherings or as we call it Carne Asada or a cook out. The first thing we ask is who is brining what. My father always makes his delicious fajitas, my sister brings a tasty side dish and I bring the freshly made salsa.
We are all fondly remember our grandmothers cooking, it filled our stomach but it warms our hearts because it was made with love and I know we all miss our grandmother cooking.
The tomato or xitomatl, whose name comes ultimately from the Nahuatl language spoken by the Aztecs and other groups in Mexico and Central America. Among the greatest contributions to world civilization made by the early inhabitants of the Americas are plant foods such as the potato and squash.
The Latino Culinary Institute® will introduce Chefs specializing in Latino cuisine and how it’s been adapted over the years and then where off to Latin American to meet chefs and other experts that will share their passion for such tasty dishes along with a little bit of history.
Our cooking classes will feature guest chefs who will teach us their secrets for creating delicious recipes and mouth-watering dishes that you can make at home.
I invite you to join me on my journey of discovering all the unique flavors of Latin America and how these native ingredients have influenced the culinary world.
Lydia Gonzalez Welch
Founder & Principal
Latino Culinary Institute, LLC
420 S. Cesar Chavez Blvd., Suite 300
Dallas, Texas 75201