Twelve-year-old cooking prodigy: Kid Chef Eliana cooks in Harvey and ...
Twelve-year-old Eliana Marisol de Las Casas is in her home kitchen in Harvey, explaining how she condensed her regular jambalaya recipe into one with five ingredients for an online cookbook for kids for which she was asked to contribute. (All their recipes have five ingredients.)
"Onion gives tons of flavor, so instead of the trinity, we just added ONIONS," she emphasized, her eyes bright, gesturing to leave no doubt about her commitment to flavor. "And Creole seasoning is key."
This is Kid Chef Eliana, a seventh grader at Immaculate Conception School in Marrero, who through sheer will, talent, lots of work and the management of her mother, Dianne de Las Casas, has become a local food personality. She is rapidly expanding into the bigger food universe, as well.
Her metier: Teaching other kids to cook.
After she was interviewed in July on the VoiceAmerica Kids radio network (which is heard around the world) the producer called five minutes later and asked to speak to her mom. She was offered her own radio show, which started two weeks later. It's taped on Thursdays after school, but she works on the recipes for it all week. She has been on "The Wendy Williams Show" and is booked to appear again in June.