Marcela Valladolid Biography

Food Network host Marcela Valladolid posing atop a table

Marcela Valladolid Biography


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Quick Facts About Marcela Valladolid

Name Marcela Luz Valladolid
Birth Name Marcela Luz Valladolid
Celebrated Name Marcela Valladolid
Date of Birth July 19, 1978
Age 38 Years Old
Profession Chef
Gender Female
Nationality American
Ethnicity White
Religion Christian
Marital Status Engaged
Place Of Birth San Diego, California
Hair Color Blonde
Eyes Color Brown
Weight 54 KG
Best Known For The Kitchen

Marcela Valladolid is best recognized for her appearance on Food Network, Source :

Marcela Luz Valladolid is a well-known American chef, TV personality and author. Marcela is best known for co-hosting the Food Network cooking series, The Kitchen. She is also popular for hosting her own series, Mexican Made Easy, also on Food Network.

The celebrity chef was born on 19th July 1978 in San Diego, California. Marcela started taking interest in cooking when she joined her aunt’s cooking school located in Tijuana, Mexico.

Marcela’s career began after starting own catering business where she gave cooking techniques to 40 students. Later, she made an appearance on the reality show The Apprentice: Martha Stewart where she finished fourth. Marcela’s first television appearance was on the cooking show Relatos con Sabor. She began hosting Mexican Made Easy on Food Network in January 2010. She has likewise been successful to procure acknowledgment as an author. She has published two books till date, Mexican Made Easy, and Fresh Mexico.

Marcela is a mother to her two sons and is currently expecting a daughter with fiance, Philip Button. She was previously married to Fausto Gallardo.

Marcela Valladolid’s life before and after Food Network

Food Network host Marcela Valladolid on 'The Kitchen' with Jeff Mauro and Sunny Anderson, Source :

A graduate of the Los Angeles Culinary Institute, Marcela moved to Paris where she joined Ritz Escoffier Cooking School and became a classically trained pastry chef. She returned to Tijuana a few years later and started her own catering business. In her earlier career days, she also worked as an editor for Bon Appetit magazine and a recipe stylist.

In 2005, Valladolid participated in the reality game show The Apprentice: Martha Stewart where she finished at fourth place. During this time, Marcela began hosting her first cooking show Relatos con Sabor, which gave her early recognition in television. She published her first cookbook titled Fresh Mexico: 100 Simple Recipes for True Mexican Flavor in August 2009. 

In January 2010, Marcela returned to the small screen with her new cooking show called Mexican Made Easy on Food Network. In September 2011, she released her second cookbook, also called Mexican Made Easy. In addition to her experience as a culinary expert and author, Marcela has also made an appearance as one of the judges in Food Network’s Throwdown! With Bobby Flay. She also appeared on the judge panel on the CBS cooking reality series The American Baking Competition.

Marcela began hosting The Kitchen in January 2014. She appears on the show alongside celebrity chefs Jeff Mauro, Sunny Anderson, Katie Lee, and Geoffrey Zakarian. As of 2016, Marcela has earned an estimated net worth of $6.5 million dollars.

Her new cookbook, Casa Marcela: Recipes and Food Stories of My Life in the Californias, is scheduled for an April 2017 release.

Marcela Valladolid had an affair with Paul Hollywood

Marcela Valladolid with her fiance and two sons on Thanksgiving, Source :

Marcela’s personal life has been quite eventful. Her whirlwind romance with Great British Bake Off star Paul Hollywood in 2012 was greatly publicized in gossip media. The former couple were co-stars on American Baking Competition. Marcela never addressed the affair but Paul spoke to Hello Magazine in October 2013 about his personal life saying, “I did have an affair in America with my co-judge and it was the biggest mistake of my life because actually I still love my wife.”

He had separated from his wife of over a decade after the affair became public. At the time of the affair, Marcela was divorced, supposedly for the second time, from her husband, Fausto Gallardo. If rumors are to be believed, Marcela and Fausto were married twice; they divorced in 2009 and married again sometime around 2012.

Marcela has a son, named Fausto, with her former husband. In 2015, Marcela shared on Instagram that she was pregnant with her second child. She delivered her second son, David, on 9th April 2015.

The mother of two is presently pregnant with her third child. In August 2016 she announced on her popular cooking show that she is expecting a baby girl with her fiance, Philip Button. Philip is a talent agent at William Morris Endeavor Entertainment Agency.

Marcela Valladolid’s measurements can be credited to yoga

Chef Marcela Valladolid in her kitchen posing for Food Network, Source :

Marcela Valladolid looks absolutely stunning in her TV shows. Apart from her delicious food recipes, her curvaceous figure has also helped her gain wide attention. Her exact body measurements are unknown but Marcela’s slim figure certainly defies her age. Standing at a height of 5 feet 1 inch, the blue-eyed celebrity chef has maintained her lean frame even after two pregnancies. Thanks to yoga!

She is a devoted yogi and credits yoga as her go-to exercise regimen. Marcela doesn’t seem to believe in diets and likes to cook with full fats. In an interview with The San Diego Union Tribune, she said that she “uses whole cheeses and butter and doesn’t buy food with ‘diet’ on the label.”

The key to her diet plan is moderation and she doesn’t exclude certain foods from her diet just to lose weight. In a 2011 interview, Marcela quoted Andrew Knowlton “When you eat, it should be the best ingredients because that is what keeps the body healthy.” She recommends her Chilled Avocado Soup with Scallops as a killer post-workout food. The recipe can be found on Pinterest along with her other popular recipes for flour tortillas, S’more, flaquitos, roasted tomato salsa and tortilla soup.


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