Winner will be featured on the cover of Taste of Home magazine, cook with Carla Hall, and take home $25,000!

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Rico Zavaleta

I believe my style of cooking can change people’s lives. By winning I can reach & inspire more people!


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Who or what inspires you to cook?

Cooking Inspiration always from my Abuelita who loved and taught me so much. Growing up somedays food was scarce. So the need to make a delicious meal even if all you have is very little was important. Nowadays, food scarcity is less common. It’s the fast pace society where the family meal time is fading. I like to inspire families to spend time together creating in the kitchen. To encourage people to cook home cooked meals, to eat more at home. To bring back food and family coincide toget

What's your all time favorite dish to make?

I love to make chicken. One dish I have created is Pollo Crema a la Lemon. Chicken breast in a creamy citrus sauce with a touch of spiciness. Excellent with Cuban rice and black beans.

What would you do with the $25,000?

With $25,000, I would publish my book- to leave my legacy. A book which teaches how to cook healthy and delicious without compromising taste.

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