International Day of Hope

Chef Grace Ramirez


 Miami-born, Venezuela-raised, Chef Grace has lived all over the world – her travels have inspired her cooking, passions and philanthropic efforts. In addition to her venture with Zacapa Rum, as the World Wide Ambassador, Chef Grace works with World Central Kitchen, a chef relief team, helping them provide people in need with meals during difficult times. In 2017, she got on the first flight to Puerto Rico to help with Hurricane Maria relief, and shortly after traveled to the Bahamas to assist in cooking 10,000 meals a day after Hurricane Dorian hit. Passionate about the work they do, Chef Grace then became a volunteer and consultant for World Central Kitchen’s operation in Venezuela and to this day, she continues to work with the organization. During the COVID-19 pandemic, over 100,000 meals were distributed daily to frontline workers in New York, and people in need, across the five boroughs.  Throughout this initiative, the organization has helped prevent over 250 restaurants in NY from closing due to the pandemic, and over 8.5 million meals have been delivered up-to-date. Thanks to these efforts The City of New York, has recognized Chef Grace Ramirez, as a Covid-19 hero.

In addition to World Central Kitchen, Chef Grace’s philanthropic efforts include working with The Horticultural Society of New York, Wellness in the Schools, Healthier Generation, New Zealand’s Garden to Table, Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos, Woman Kind, and more. In 2018, she was the recipient of the Distinguished Latina Star Award by the Puerto Rican Bar Association for her hurricane relief efforts. Chef Grace was also featured in Cherrybombe’s 100, celebrating the most influential women in the hospitality industry. 

 Currently, Chef Grace shares her love of the entire culinary process on Hogar de HGTV, an all-new network offering fresh, fun food and home content for Spanish-language audiences. As host of the hit series Destino con Sabor, Chef Grace immerses viewers in Latin America’s most exquisite dishes, from the traditional to the trendy. Chef Grace is also a judge on the all-new original series, Chef a Domicilio, which was entirely produced amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Additionally, Chef Grace hosts the Discovery en Español GO original short series, De Chuparse los Dedos, where she tours the United States in search of the most finger-licking food in the country. She has also appeared on multiple American cooking shows such as Beat Bobby Flay as a judge, Gooey, The Chew, The Dish on Oz, and more. 

Chef Grace’s start in the culinary industry began behind the scenes working for Food Network, where she produced and directed Throwdown with Bobby Flay. She was also a contestant on Masterchef USA, showing her impressive skills in the kitchen and as a result, earning a scholarship to the French Culinary Institute where she continued to hone her cooking skills.

Chef Grace is the author of two books, The Five Ingredient Electric Cooker Cookbook and La Latina. She currently resides in New York City.