Early Years

Teacher and cookbook author Leticia Moreinos Schwartz has built a career on the passion for her native Brazilian cuisine. Born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, Leticia’s appetite for food began at a very early age. Languages were another interest since childhood. She studied French, English, and Spanish as after-school programs and translated recipes into Portuguese as a hobby, so that when cooking, the language would not be an issue above the recipes. Her love for other languages and cultures sent her to Switzerland, where she spent a semester exploring and discovering the wonders of all things culinary in Europe.

Career Foundation

Returning to Brazil, Leticia received a BA in economics and worked in finances. She then chose to change courses and followed her dreams to pursue a career in the culinary industry.

She moved to New York in 1997, and studied Culinary Arts, Pastry Arts at the French Culinary Institute. She continued her training cooking at legendary New York restaurants such as Le Cirque 2000, La Grenouille, La Caravelle and Payard Patisserie and Bistro. She then studied Journalism to help her explore the editorial territory.


Her first cookbook The Brazilian Kitchen was published in 2010 and won the World Gourmand Cookbook Awards for Best Latin Cookbook. Her second cookbook, My Rio de Janeiro: A Cookbook was published in 2013 to raving reviews.


Television and Media Engagements

She was a featured guest on several PBS shows:

On Sara’s Weeknight Meals (PBS, episode 307), Leticia cooks Brazilian cuisine with Sara Moulton;



On All Things CT, Leticia took host David Bibbey to a tour of Latin specialty stores in Connecticut;

On Secrets of a Chef, Leticia took host Hubert Keller to visit her hometown of Rio de Janeiro



On Friday Arts, Leticia thought a cooking class in Philadelphia’s Cook and shared the joy of a true Brazilian Fare. The show received an Emmy Nomination


In addition to those special episodes shot around Leticia’s personality and story, she has appeared on several other TV shows including The Today Show (NBC), The Couch (CBS), Martha Stewart Living, Better TV, Great Day San Antonio (CBS), and Eyewitness News (ABC) , just to name a few. Her work has also been featured at web and print media outlets such as The New York Times, Fine Cooking Magazine, Saveur, The Washington Post, TheDailyMeal, FoodRebuplic, and CTBites.


Leticia’s main goal is to bridge business and promotional interests between Brazil and Latin America with the rest of the world. Her work as a consultant and spokesperson in that capacity is on the increase.



In 2013, she partnered with Merck, a global leader in diabetes care, as the spokesperson for DesafiandolaDiabetes campaign, with interviews in Spanish, English, and Portuguese. Among her tasks, Leticia also provides traditional Latin recipes that are diabetic-friendly for the campaign.




Since 2016 Leticia is the spokesperson for Gravy Master, starting in a comercial airing on the Cooking Channel.

Commercial Shooting Oct 2015


Rio Summer Olympics 2016

During the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Leticia worked as a Food & Lifestyle correspondant for NBC Universal.


With Hoda Kotb, Matt Lauer, and Natalie Morales

With Hoda Kotb, Matt Lauer, and Natalie Morales


With Al Rocker and Natalie Morales

With Al Rocker and Natalie Morales

Other Projects

She represented Tramontina in food festivals; represented Brazil at food shows; and consulted for Central Market, Texas developing and writing recipes for “Passport to Brazil”, a month long event focusing on all things Brazil.

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