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Meet the Chef: Noelia Mastrangelo
Miami is known for its beaches and nightlife, but we feel it deserves credit for it’s thriving culinary scene as well. We met Chef Noelia Mastrangelo while recruiting talent for our launch in South Florida. She’s currently a Chef de Partie at the Ritz-Carlton in Key Biscayne, but recently joined the Eat In Chef team as well. Her cooking is inspired by her family and her Argentinian-Italian roots, and we’re excited to help her share it with Miami’s diners. Starting with Chef Noelia, we’re hoping to put Miami’s chefs and food on the map!
What’s your name?
My name is Noelia Mastrangelo, but everyone calls me Noey!
Where will you be cooking for Eat In Chef?
I was born and raised near Miami beach. I currently reside in south Miami, close to Kendall.
Tell us about your professional cooking experience.
My cooking career began in 2008 when I joined the Ritz-Carlton in Key Biscayne. I started off as a cook 3 in an Italian restaurant there. I worked with a great chef that motivated me and mentored me. Over the years, I moved around the different kitchens at the Ritz and worked my way up the ranks. I’m now a Chef de Partie of the garde manger kitchen.
Why did you want to work with Eat In Chef?
I wanted to work for Eat In Chef because of scheduling flexibility and the ability to create my own food for other people.
What inspired your love for food and cooking? Why is food important to you?
My love for food began in my grandmother’s kitchen. She once made a basket out of a melon with ham in it. I thought it was amazing — the sweetness of the melon combined with the saltiness of the ham was life-changing. Food is important to me because of the connections you can make. It can trigger positive memories and comfort you.
Do you have a signature dish? If so, why do you think this dish best represents you?
My signature dish would be my grandmother’s empanadas. They were one of the first things she taught me how to cook. They’re portable and you can make them with anything!
How do you think diners can use Eat In Chef to improve their wellness and overall quality of life?
I think many people nowadays are consumed by their everyday activities. They don’t have the time to come home and cook a meal for themselves. Fast food is now just a click away and the convenience of having food delivered to your door is becoming too popular. Eat In Chef can help by providing healthier meals cooked with fresh products in the comfort of the guest’s home.
What’s your favorite food?
My favorite food is Argentian-Italian. It goes back to my roots and what my family has taught me.
When you’re not cooking for others, where do you like to eat?
There’s nothing like a home-cooked meal. Otherwise, Thai food is amazing, and Indian too.
What do you like to do in your free time?
I love to draw! I think drawing helps to spark creativity with my dishes. I also find that going to the movies and listening to music helps pass the time.
Anything else you’d like to add?
One of my favorite movies is Ratatouille. The message that anyone can cook is inspiring. Only the fearless can be great, and that’s a motto that I live by.
Posted on June 27th, 2016 by Ara Galarza