marcela valladolid Meet Marcela Valladolid, the Food Network's newest chef on 'Mexican Made Easy'Meet the newest chef to helm a show for the Food Network — Marcela Valladolid with “Mexican Made Easy.”

Her philosophy is “Real Mexican. Real Simple. Real Good.” and she bases her kitchen philosophy on her childhood because she actually grew up in Tijuana, Mexico.

Valladolid now lives in San Diego with her 5 year-old son Fausto. She will be featuring many recipes on “Mexican Made Easy” from her 2009 cookbook “Fresh Mexico.”

When asked about why she wanted to do her show, she told USA Today:

People in this country just love Mexican
food, but there’s so much more to it than people know. People associate
Mexican food with nachos, burritos, margaritas and really deep-fried
foods heavy in starches, and those dishes are beloved in the U.S. We
have to be grateful because this is the stuff that opened up the doors
for people like me. It’s not a coincidence that salsa’s like the
best-selling condiment in the country. But these days, the ingredients
are just so accessible. It used to be that you only had the Hispanic
section at the supermarket – now there’s an entire aisle. I try to make
it really fresh, really accessible, and obviously with ingredients you
can find at your local supermarket.

“Mexican Made Easy” debuted on the Food Network Saturday, Jan 23 at 9:30 a.m. ET, 6:30 a.m. PT. The next episode, titled “Game Day Grabs,” airs Saturday, Jan. 30.

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