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Olenka

Delight your palate and surround yourself with the exciting, colorful, and exotic food of Peru. Blending a passion for Peru, laughter, and the cuisine of my homeland, "I’ve become a celebrated chef, educator, and entertaining ambassador for everything PERU! Its cuisine, a product of 500 years of fusion of Chinese, Japanese, African, Spanish, and Inca cultures, Peruvian cuisine is filled with rich flavors, aromas, colors and stories. Join me in this culinary adventure to discover amazing treasures…and most of all recognize the main ingredient: LOVE!"

The kitchen has always felt like home to Olenka Orjeda. At an early age, she took great joy in being her grandmother’s sous chef as she prepared classic Peruvian and Italian food. Olenka left Lima, Peru in February 2012 to begin a new life with her husband in Santa Rosa. Her passion for food, cooking, teaching and eating led her to start her first food-based business venture. By offering cooking demonstrations, developing special events, Pop-Ups and private cooking services and donating authentic Peruvian dinners to non-profit organizations, Olenka has found a way to share her passion for cuisine with her local community. Olenka has graduated from (the three years) Culinary Arts Program at Santa Rosa Junior College.

With her bubbly and strong personality, Olenka plans to make her mark on the Peruvian food scene and its future. She feels a responsibility to introduce her native dishes and cocktails as a Peruvian ambassador.This food is “unique” she says!. Not long ago, Olenka was a guest at the highly popular “Cooks vs. Cons” Food Network show.

"My ultimately goal is to create a legacy for my family. It is this deep commitment to food, community, and family that makes every dish I create more than just a meal, but truly an unforgettable experience".

 

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