Leticia is a cookbook author, spokesperson, TV host, food stylist and blogger who is passionate about food & cooking, health & fitness, and culture & travel.
Born and raised in Brazil, Leticia has a BA in economics and early in her career, worked in finance. She moved to New York in 1997, where she studied Culinary and Pastry Arts at the French Culinary Institute (now International Culinary Center). Her culinary training continued at legendary New York restaurants such as Le Cirque 2000, La Grenouille, La Caravelle, and Payard Patisserie and Bistro.
Observing a gap in the editorial market for cookbooks on Brazil, Leticia went back to the International Culinary Center and studied journalism. She is the author of three books: The Brazilian Kitchen, which won an award for Best Latin Cookbook at the World Gourmand Awards, My Rio de Janeiro: A Cookbook, and Latin Superfoods.
Leticia has appeared numerous times on The Today Show, CBS Early Show, Fox Morning Show, ABC News, Better TV, Martha Stewart Radio, and several local TV shows across the country. She has participated as a host/star in many PBS TV episodes such as Sara’s Weeknight Meals, Secrets of A Chef, Breaking Bread, and Friday Arts, which received an Emmy Nomination for “Outstanding Lifestyle Program Feature Segment” on the 2016 Mid-Atlantic Emmy Awards (WHYY).
During the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics, she worked as a TV correspondent for NBC Universal, rocking the dock at Copacabana beach, cooking and singing with tambourines on the Today Show!
In print and online, her work has been featured in the New York Times, Saveur, Fine Cooking, and hundreds of other publications, including in South America.
Leticia studied acting at the New York Film Academy and appears in a national commercial for Gravy Master BBQ Sauce currently airing on the Cooking Channel.
Since 2013, Leticia has been working as the spokesperson for America’s Diabetes Challenge, a campaign by Merck and the American Diabetes Association. The campaign includes media interviews in several platforms along with recipe development, live events, satellite media tours, social media, and travels across the nation to promote healthy cooking and lifestyle.
She works in multi-cultural language platforms in English, Spanish and Portuguese. Her skills uniquely span the fields of health, cooking, communications, and global media. She lives in Connecticut with her family.