Venezuelan-born chef Lorena Garcia is getting ready for the season finale of "Top Chef Estrellas," the popular cooking show where she appears as a celebrity judge.
Garcia was once a guest chef on "Top Chef: All-Stars."
“It’s much better to be a judge than competing against the clock and against critics,” she said.
The Latin chef also enjoys the culture that the show brings.
“I love that this format is so fitting to the Hispanic community," she said. “I love to see them in a different environment, it’s reality TV, they are not performing, or acting, it’s real, live. It is exactly what happens.”
Garcia has lived for plenty of years in Miami, where she opened up her own restaurant, “Lorena Garcia Cocina,” a healthier cuisine alternative at Miami International Airport.
“Miami is rising, it’s exciting. Amazing restaurants and I couldn’t be happier to see that trend happening in Miami," she said.
Apart from the show, the celebrity chef is working on a new cookbook that will be available in both English and Spanish. On Sunday, Garcia will present her line of cookware “Lorena Bella” exclusively on HSN.
“I’m cooking my brains away but I’m very excited about it,” she said.
Garcia calls Miami her dream home because she’s able to find any ingredients in order to bring her dishes to life.
“It’s not about the environment, it’s about the food, the quality of the ingredients and those flavors that are incredible,” she said.
The season finale of "Top Chef Estrellas" airs on NBC 6’s sister station, Telemundo 51, on Sunday at 8 p.m.