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Ida Rodriguez

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Melissa

HQ Phone:  (323) 588-0151

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Melissa

5325 South Soto St.

Los Angeles, California,90058

United States

Company Description

Melissa's Produce is the leading U.S. distributor of specialty fresh produce and foods processed from fresh produce. The company imports exotic fruits and vegetables from around the world. ... more

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Southern California Gas Company


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Chef Ida Roriguez has an unusual position as the long-time Corporate Chef for Melissa's / World Variety Produce, the largest specialty produce firm in the United States.
She supervises a staff of dedicated chefs striving to educate the public and chefs about the benefits of enjoying all types of fruits and vegetables and creating delicious, satisfying, and nutritious recipes that the average home cook can prepare at home! Melissa's has a state-of-the-art research kitchen and culinary classroom at their corporate headquarters in Vernon where recipes are created and tested daily. Consumer education is Chef Ida's favorite duty. Chef Ida has taught popular classes for The Southern California Gas Company as well as Sur La Table. Chef Ida grew up in El Paso so she was exposed to the short season of availability of New Mexico Hatch Chiles (about six weeks) at a young age. She began cooking with them early on before they achieved the cult status they enjoy today! Joining forces with the co-founder and co-owner of Melissa's, Sharon Hernandez, Chef Ida penned the just-released Melissa's Hatch Chile Cookbook. Every Labor Day Weekend Chef Ida and Sharon journey to Hatch, New Mexico to partake of the annual Hatch Chile Festival. Chef Ida will be present signing copies of the Melissa's Hatch Chile Cookbook.


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Ida Rodriguez
Chef Ida Rodriguez has always had a passion for great food. Growing up in El Paso, Texas, Ida would spend every minute she could in her mother and grandmother's kitchens. Upon moving to the U.S., Ida had a tremendous wealth of knowledge about European food and culinary traditions that she couldn't wait to show off her knowledge. At least once a year, Chef Ida takes a trip abroad to continue her culinary education and expand her vast culinary and life experiences. Besides healthy cooking, Chef Ida likes to spend her time making crafts, traveling, and digitally scrapbook her adventures.


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Melissa's corporate chefs include Ida Rodriguez, Tom Fraker, Marco C. Zapien, Andrew Faulkner, and Miki Hackney.
Ida Rodriguez Ida Rodriguez While always having a passion for cooking, it is only over the past few years that Ida Rodriguez has been able to extensively explore and teach about foods with a more exotic flair. Serving as Corporate Chef for Melissa's/World Variety Produce, Inc., Chef Ida is continually exposed to some of the latest and most sought after fresh fruits and vegetables from around the world. While incorporating these exotic treasures into her classes, Chef Ida's friendly, "hands-on" approach to teaching makes her classes both informative and enjoyable for all cooks -- novice to intermediate. Chef Ida developed her passion while living in Europe for many years. Once there, she explored the varying cuisines of many countries including England, France, Italy, Germany, and Spain. To this day, Chef Ida's love for the cuisines of Europe compels her to journey on an annual culinary tour of European countries with other professional instructors and food editors in search of what's new. Today, Chef Ida remains focused on healthy cooking using fresh fruits and vegetables from around the globe.


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The book's authors, Melissa's chef Ida Rodriguez and co-owner Sharon Hernandez, both make the pilgrimage to Hatch, New Mexico every Labor Day for the massive festival celebrating the chiles' arrival.


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Co-written by Melissa's Chef Ida Rodriguez and Co-owner Sharon Hernandez (see photo), the recipes are simple enough for everyone.


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