Elsie Ramos

Jan 01, 11 Elsie Ramos

♦ Finalist on Fox Network’s Hell’s Kitchen
♦ Author of her 1st Cookbook Elsie’s Turkey Tacos and Arroz Con Pollo
♦ IMUSA Top Chef
♦ French Culinary Institute graduate

City I live in:
Maywood, NJ

Occupation and why?
Office Manager for PE firm in NYC, Spokesperson and chef for IMUSA Spanish cookware.Both have been fulfilling careers and the skills I use for one, I transcend into the other. Thankfully they never overlap so I’m able to do both.

A regular day consists of?
Monday through Friday its for my day time job, which keeps me pretty busy since I’m managing an office and all its functions. The evenings and weekends I get to work on my blogs and creating recipes and tips for IMUSA and their products.

How do you define success?
Success is enjoying what you do and knowing that you put your best foot forward doing it. When you do it well, it feels good and when you feel good about it, you feel successful. That applies to all aspects of life, parenthood, marriage, occupation, wellness!

What has been your biggest challenge?
My biggest challenge is not being able to give 100% to my cooking career. More time creating and studying, which I would like to do more of but with a fulltime job, it becomes much more challenging.

What advice would you give a Latina who wants to follow in your footsteps?
I say go for it! Anything is achievable if you really want to do it. Balance is key and I live by carefully planning my day. Its important to make time for all the important things in your life and nothing is impossible, you just have to plan ahead.

What’s on your bucket list?
I want my own cooking show and visit a European country and study their cuisine, but I’m not crazy about flying.

I am proud to be Latina because:
Being Latina always meant determination to me. Our mothers did it all and then some, and never got paid for it. They ran a household and did it proudly. Latinas exude passion in all that they do.

How do you get your Latin fix?
I watch Spanish soap operas or talk shows once in a while to brush up on my Spanish.

Spanglish, English, Spanish?
Spanglish, I have to be proficient in both!

My favorite Latina stereotype is:
We’re good in the kitchen and on the dance floor. For many not true at all, but when you’re Latina people expect you do well in both.

Best advice from mami and/or abuelita:
A man does not define your existence, but if you find a good man, honor and respect him.

Favorite home remedy:
Vicks for the pain!!!

Favorite quote:
No te vista que no vas! Don’t get dressed cause you ain’t going, which can also be interpretted as “don’t go there”. at least among my sisters and I.


[fun]I listen to Karen Carpenter and Barbara Streisand, they are my favorite singing idols. I always wanted to be a singer.[/fun]
[career]Hell’s Kitchen finalist and meeting Chef Gordon Ramsay!![/career]
[description]Anything is achievable if you really want to do it[/description]



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