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 in the TastingTable test kitchen, Chef Santana decided to branch out on her own as a freelance chef and culinary instructor under I'll Cook Like Your Mother.

 I'll Cook Like Your Mother provides a full range of freelance chef services (pop-up dining events, private cooking lessons, catering, food-centric event production, recipe development, etc). 

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