Irma Cádiz (New York, NY) grew up eating Dominican and Puerto Rican food and enjoys preparing her mother’s recipes as a tribute to her family’s Caribbean heritage. Raised in a multicultural environment in Rochester, New York, she experimented with a wide range of cuisines but wasn’t always a fan of cooking. Her mother encouraged her to join her in the kitchen, but it wasn’t until Irma had children of her own that she learned to love him.
For the past decade, she has lived in Harlem, New York with her diverse food scene. Irma recently graduated from college and started her own business, where she specializes in Latin-inspired cocktails. Irma is an actress and current member of the Chelsea Repertoire Theatre, where she continues to hone her craft. His signature dish is mofongo con camarones, a popular Caribbean comfort food made with mashed plantains and prawns.
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Alejandra Ramos is the host of The Great American Recipe. She is a TV host, TODAY Show food & lifestyle contributor, trained chef, and food writer known for her creative recipes and entertaining ideas that are playful, improvisational, and always that bit more. READ MORE
Tiffany Derry is a judge on The Great American Recipe. The Texas native is the founder of Tiffany Derry Concepts and co-founder of T2D Concepts, the Texas hotel group behind Roots Chicken Shak, Roots Southern Table and the Shef Tiffany spice and clothing line. READ MORE
Leah Cohen is a judge on The Great American Recipe. Leah is the chef and owner of the famous New York restaurant Pig & Khao on the Lower East Side. A 2013 StarChefs Rising Stars Award recipient, Leah’s Filipino upbringing and annual expeditions to the region are reflected in her culinary philosophy, which stays true to authentic Southeast Asian flavors while incorporating classic Western techniques. . READ MORE
Graham Elliot is a judge on The Great American Recipe. A self-described “navy kid,” he traveled the world and all 50 states, sparking an intense interest in food that led him to attend Johnson & Wales University. READ MORE