Chef Amalia


Amalia Moreno-Damgaard is an award-winning author and chef entrepreneur born and raised in Guatemala with a prior career in international banking. Based in the Twin Cities, Amalia is the founder and CEO of Amalia Latin Gourmet, a WBENC nationally certified woman-owned business enterprise.

In rural Guatemala, as a youth, Amalia learned wholesome kitchen and entrepreneurial lessons for life while living for an extended time with her maternal grandmother, a store owner and exceptional cook; and great-grandfather, a coffee and dairy farmer who practiced indigenous regenerative farming.

Her style blends pre-Columbian, traditional, and classic French techniques, with her Latin roots. She is a graduate of Le Cordon Bleu and Cornell’s Women Entrepreneurship program with a master’s in international business from St. Louis University. More:

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