Chef Santana







Chef Santana Caress Benitez is a Food Network 'Chopped' Champion who received her Culinary + Culinary Management diplomas from The Institute of Culinary Education in New York City.  After working in different restaurants throughout the city and interning with, Chef Santana decided to branch out on her own as a freelance chef and culinary instructor.

 Aside from providing private culinary classes,  pop-up dining events and freelance recipe writing, Chef Santana continues to focus on food justice related issues and free culinary workshops in and around her community.

Chef Santana can also be seen playing Lourdes 'LuLu' Blackmon in the Spike Lee directed series,  'She's Gotta Have It', which is currently on Netflix. 



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