Chef Collaborative

Bren Herrera

(Latin Fusion Cuisine with a Global Twist)

Bren is the fierce force behind her own brand of food and lifestyle. Her passion for exploring the best in cuisine and culture inspired her to start her culinary blog, aptly named Flanboyant Eats for her love of flan, a Latin custard, where she documents her life as a private chef and travel writer. From her kitchen comes food inspired by her global jaunts, though all have a touch of the Cuban core she studied and knows best.

She loves infusing ingredients and techniques she learns while traveling to create what she's known for -- Latin fusion food with a sexy twist. She uses pressures cookers for 70% of her cooking and swears by 5 shots of Cuban espresso. It's what keeps her creative flow going.

Bren has worked with Emeril Lagasse, Joel Robuchon, the world's most famous chef, and others to name a few. You can see Bren's work on Flanboyant Eats and other outlets such as Parade Magazine. She appears on national TV regularly, entertaining audiences with her cooking and lifestyle tips.

"I'm so excited to be collaborating with Buen Sabor simply because someone's doing what few — including myself — are not — tangibly bringing our bold, delicious, and diverse food to the masses! There's no easier way to enjoy culture than to quickly pick up foods from your local grocer that truly reflect the richness we grew up on."

blog: www.flanboyanteats.com
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Rhubarb, Banana Goat Cheese Puff Pastry

Morena Cuadra

(Peruvian and Latin American)

I have loved to cook since I was a small girl, learning from my mom, who is a fantastic cook, and from my grandmother. They taught me many secrets of the different cuisines they grew up with, and all these flavors and traditions became part of my eclectic style of cooking. I grew up in Nicaragua, but at home there was always food from Guatemala, Mexico, El Salvador, Colombia, and Costa Rica. Then Peru came into our lives when I moved there. The food was glorious and I was hooked.

Keeping alive all the traditions and flavors of my upbringing is one of the most exciting and rewarding things I have taught to my children. Cooking is such a pleasure and it is the best way to show how much we care for each other.

To share my passion with the rest of the world I have co-authored several cookbooks - The Everything Peruvian Cookbook, and The Peruvian Kitchen, to be released in 2014. I am a regular contributor for Que Rica Vida.

blog: www.perudelights.com
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Lomo saltado

Yvette Marquez-Sharpnack

(Mexican and Innovative Latin Fusion)

Muy Bueno is Spanish for very good. My grandma, Jesusita, would always invite family and friends to her table with the same words: "Siéntate a comer, esta muy bueno" (Sit down and eat, it's very good). And she lingered on the "muuuuy bueno" with a smile, raised eyebrows, and a twinkle in her eyes as if to let her guests know they were in for a treat.

I was born and raised in El Paso, Texas and learned to cook from my mother and grandma. Although I knew how to cook, I didn't like to. It wasn't until my grandma passed away in 2004 at the age of 98 that I had an "aha moment." I realized that if I didn't cook the recipes I grew up enjoying and celebrate the traditional Mexican holidays of my culture, my children wouldn't appreciate where they came from.

I created MuyBuenoCookbook.com to document writing my cookbook, and it evolved into a place where I celebrate my culture and grandma by preserving the generations of traditions en la cocina. My mother and sister co-wrote Muy Bueno: Three Generations of Authentic Mexican Flavor with me—a great opportunity to share our family stories and Mexican recipes.

I have done work for Betty Crocker, California Strawberries and have been featured on SAVEUR, Gourmet, Latina Magazine, People en Español, Cosmopolitan for Latinas, NBC Latino, The Pioneer Woman, and Siempre Mujer.. I live in Colorado with my husband, and our two children.

Additional information about my culinary activities can be found at www.muybuenocookbook.com or follow her on Facebook and Twitter.

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Enchiladas Verdes con Pavo (Green Chile Turkey Enchiladas)

Layla Pujol

(Ecuadorian & Latin Fusion)

My name is Layla Pujol, my family and friends call me Laylita. I was born in Vilcabamba, Ecuador and currently live in Seattle, WA. My husband, Nico, is from France and we have two adorable boys, Alex & Marc. My recipes are inspired mainly by traditional Ecuadorian dishes that I grew up eating in Ecuador.

However, my love of food – and therefore my recipes– go beyond Ecuador and include anything from Latin America, my mom's spicy New Mexican cooking, my grandmother's homemade Southwestern dishes and Texas style BBQ, my husband's (and his family's) delicious French food, new dishes introduced by my amazing group of international friends, and of course the great variety of seafood, vegetables and fruits available in the Pacific Northwest.

I am currently working on my first cookbook, which will focus on delicious Ecuadorian recipes (adapted to my style, of course!). I hope to have the book finished by mid to late 2014.

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Locro de Papa {Ecuadorian potato and cheese soup}

Clara Gonzalez

(Dominican)

Clara is a freelance food photographer and writer living in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. While her career started as an industrial designer, Clara has been for over a decade the camera and face behind Aunt Clara's Kitchen, the award-winning blog that celebrates food in general, and Dominican food and culture in particular.

Clara is a passionate advocate for Dominican fashion, and her blog has turned into the virtual Dominican culinary embassy.  Food is an important part of Dominicans' social and family life, but dishes are slowly disappearing and even Dominicans themselves often ignore the richness of their culinary cuisine. The internet has served as a fantastic medium to reach the younger generation, and those seeking to learn about the Dominicans and their food.

Clara's is a multicultural family, and she hopes to instill in her young daughter Clara's love for Dominican food and cooking, just as she had done with the hundreds of thousands of readers that stop by her blog every year.

If there is a thing that you must know about Dominican food is this: It's all about fresh ingredients. Dominicans still boil their beans every day, still use an amazing variety of fresh vegetables in their food, and the flavor of their dishes reflect that.

blog: www.dominicancooking.com
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Pescado con Coco (Fish in Coconut Sauce)

Erica Dinho

(Colombian, Classic Latin & Latin Fusion)

Ever since I was a little girl I have been interested in cooking. I vividly remember family gatherings from my childhood, especially those during the holidays, when my entire family would get together. My grandmother always brought tradition to the table, teaching us to love our culture, family and food.

I was born and raised in Medellin, Colombia, but now live in the northeastern United States with my family. Having a desire to stay connected to my culture and food, in 2009, I created My Colombian Recipes, a recipe blog consisting of Colombian recipes and many other great tasting Latin American dishes.  

I also write for Parade magazine, The Latin Kitchen and Que Rica Vida, a General Mills Company.  My Colombian Recipes has been seen in The New York Times, Fox News, The Huffington Post, Cosmopolitan and iVillage, to name few.

You can stay connected by following me on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram.

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Look inside Erica's Recipe Box:

Arroz con Pollo (Chicken and Rice)

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