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.
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 and Pastry Arts at the French Culinary Institute (currently called International Culinary Center). 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 as a featured guest on Sara’s Weeknight Meals (PBS, episode 307),
and has appeared on several 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 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.
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.
Lately, she’s ventured into a new territory, working on a cooking show about Brazilian Cuisine. You can follow her adventures on Facebook and Twitter.
Leticia lives in Connecticut.