Frank Lima was born in New York City in Spanish Harlem, 1939.
parents were Mexican and Puerto Rican.
He received a Master's from Columbia University in 1975.
During the '60's and '70's he
published three books of poetry: Inventory, (Tibor de Nagy Gallery, 1964), Underground with the Oriole (E. P. Dutton, 1971), and Angel (W. W. Norton, 1976).
In the late '70's Lima dropped out of the poetry world to devote his
time to his
family and pursue a career in the culinary arts.
Trained in his youth in classical French cooking, he worked at the White House during the Kennedy Administration.
He later became a teacher at the New York Restaurant School.