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

Churro Bites

Mexican Meatball Soup

Grilled Avocado and Scallop Salad

Easy Corn Tamales

3-Shot Cocktail ("Bandera and Sangrita")

Beef Pozole

Burger Al Pastor

Baja-Style Limeade

Banana-Yam Casserole

Cinnamon-Sugar Crisps ("Bunuelos")

Mexican Chocolate Bread Pudding

Butternut Squash Soup with Chipotle Cream

Braised Pork Sandwich with Spicy Tomato Broth (Tortas Ahogadas)

Chorizo Hash Browns

Coconut Flan

Chia Limeade

Potato and Poblano Gratin

Mexican Summer Salad

Mexican Chocolate and Date Fritters

Chile Crusted Rack of Lamb

Mexican Mini-Pizzas