Photo by: Todd Plitt ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Todd Plitt, 2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Marcela Valladolid's Bio

Growing up around expert and traditional cooks in Tijuana, Mexico, Marcela was raised to be passionate about food, and she jumped straight into a culinary life with her first job working at her aunt’s cooking school in Baja, Mexico. Marcela realized she, too, wanted to pursue this growing love for food full time and enrolled in the Los Angeles Culinary Institute. She then went to the Ritz Escoffier Cooking School in Paris to become trained as a classical French pastry chef. Marcela later returned home to run a catering company and teach children about the culinary arts in Tijuana, all while collecting recipes and applying her knowledge and skills of her family's cooking traditions to map out her dreams. She successfully translated her culinary knowledge and passion to the small screen as the host of her own Food Network series, Mexican Made Easy, which premiered in 2010. Wanting to share her expertise on great Mexican food that combines freshness and flavor with kitchen ease, Marcela published Fresh Mexico: 100 Simple Recipes for True Mexican Flavor (Clarkson Potter) in 2009 and Mexican Made Easy (Clarkson Potter) in 2011. Marcela lives in San Diego with her 9-year-old son, who often doubles as her sous chef.

Most Popular Recipes

All Recipes by Marcela Valladolid

Foolproof Mexican Rice ("Arroz Mexicano")

Roasted Sarandeado-Style Whole Snapper

Gruyere Rolls with Pecan-Chile Salsa

Mexican Summer Salad

Vanilla-Pineapple Water

Butternut Squash Soup with Chipotle Cream

Mom's Homemade Granola

Golden Beet Carpaccio Salad

Chile and Cheese Rice

Cinnamon-Sugar Crisps ("Bunuelos")

Spicy Shrimp Broth

Steak Quesadillas with Roasted Tomatillo and Apple Salsa

Mexican Chocolate-Banana Muffins

Baja-Style Ahi Tuna Tartare

Light Tacos

Tres Leches Cake

Sweet Cinnamon Flavored Oatmeal Drink ("Horchata")

Tortilla, Bean and Cheese Casserole ("Enfrijoladas")

Chia Limeade

Citrus Tacos

Easy Chile Salsa