HuffPost. April 2024.

What I love about cooking is that I get to share my history and culture, take ingredients and turn them into a unique dish for others to enjoy. The kitchen is an international environment because you can cook no matter what degree or country you come from. It’s interesting to meet people from different backgrounds and listen to their stories, learn about how they work with food. (I went to Universidade Estácio de Sá in Rio De Janeiro and did an internship at a hotel in Copacabana. I also worked alongside a famous French chef and learned about the many different areas of kitchens.) But when I decided to go into culinary arts, I did not know that my career would involve working 100 hours a week.

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