Elia is a Latin firecracker with a background that can compete with some of the best chefs in the country. She has earned 34 different culinary degrees and specializes in everything from French cuisine to chocolate making.
Elia learned in some of the toughest kitchens in Europe and even trained under the famed chef Joel Robuchon. Although people will think she is young and naive, she is an incredibly intelligent, creative and innovative young chef. It is no wonder that Elia's favorite movie is Forrest Gump, a story of a boy who goes through struggles only to become one of the most self made men in America. Elia relates to this story, as in her past she struggled in the kitchen, but now she is a contestant in one of the most respected cooking competitions on television.