Angelina Bastidas

AGE: 25
HOMETOWN: Miami, Florida
PROFESSION: Executive Chef
CULINARY EDUCATION: A.O.S Culinary Arts, Le Cordon Bleu
FAVORITE SIMPLE FALL DESSERT RECIPE: Olive Oil Citrus Sponge Cake with Bee Pollen, Crème Fraiche Mousse and Smoked Citrus Marmalade

Angelina Bastidas began cooking when she was 8-years old and learned from her grandmother how to develop complex flavors. She enrolled at Le Cordon Bleu at age 18 and upon graduation began working in the kitchen at Wish Restaurant on Miami Beach. Her expertise also includes experience at several other high profile restaurants in Miami -- Area 31, The Bazaar, Palme D'or and Tongue & Cheek. In 2014, Angelina was nominated as one of Zagat's 30 Under 30 in Miami. She describes her culinary cuisine as focusing on local and seasonal ingredients with a new modern American twist.