Listen in as Kid Chef Eliana talks about finding time to market her cookbooks, social networking, cooking demonstrations, and more.
Q&A with Kid Chef Eliana
Q: As a young chef, what is your mission? What do you hope to accomplish?
To teach kids that food is more than fast food. Eat fresh and local ingredients.
Q: How do you promote your work, especially since you are so young?
She uses social media: Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram.
She also blogs from her Iphone using a WordPress plug-in.
Q: Your mom tells me that, after homework, you do about a half hour of social media a day. What type of social media do you engage in?
One of her favorites is Instagram. What is different about Instagram is that you can use special effects to post your photos.
Q: How much time do you spend on social media?
About 30 minutes per day, after homework.
Depends on where something is interesting.
Q: How do you connect with people on social media?
Among other things, she retweets and repins with comments.
Q: What are your plans for the future?
She wants to expand the Cool Kids Cook series of cookbooks.
She plans to have her own TV show.
She is creating her own line of spices.
She is designing special cookware for kids.
Do you have any advice for young authors or young entrepreneurs?
Dream big. If you can imagine it, you can accomplish it. Just do it.
Build your platform now, especially social media.
Get out and speak. Do demonstrations.
About the Author: Kid Chef Eliana
11-year-old Kid Chef Eliana grew up in a family of cooks. With grandparents from Cajun Louisiana, the Philippines, Cuba, and Honduras, Eliana’s recipes have international flair. She loves traveling and spending time in the kitchen with her family. Eliana says, “Cooking is so much fun. You can be creative and invent new recipes.”
Eliana’s first cookbook, Eliana Cooks! Recipes for Creative Kids, was released in October 2010. She awaiting the publication of her second cookbook, Cool Kids Cook: Louisiana.
In the future, Eliana plans to design cookware for kids, create a line of spices, and host her own TV cooking show. She also wants to teach kids that good food is more than chicken nuggets and French fries. Her motto is, “Cool kids cook and get creative in the kitchen!”
At ten years old, Kid Chef Eliana was chosen as one of 13 Latinos profiled in a museum exhibit at the Southern Food and Beverage Museum. She is featured in a book called The Parents’ Guide to Raising CEO Kids by Dr. Jerry Cook and Sarah L. Cook. She has been a guest chef on Eyewitness Morning News on WWL-TV in New Orleans and has cooked with Celebrity Chef John Besh. She was a featured chef at the New Orleans Seafood Festival and the Louisiana Book Festival. She does numerous media appearances, cooking demonstrations, and book signings.
Kid Chef Eliana at the New Orleans Seafood Fest 9/11/11