Amalia Moreno-Damgaard is an award-winning-author, chef and entrepreneur born and raised in Guatemala City. She helps business and private groups develop a better understanding and appreciation of Latin cultures through custom events featuring healthy gourmet cuisine.
Prior to launching Amalia LLC, Amalia had an executive banking career, earned a master’s degree in international business and culture, married a Dane, and became a mother. After graduating from Le Cordon Bleu, Amalia decided to start a business to teach others about the cultural synergies in Latin America through food. Her background and experience sparked the idea of combining food and storytelling. Guatemalan and Latin cuisine give Amalia the avenue to express herself in a delicious and creative way. Much of her time in and out of the kitchen includes exploring new ideas and cuisines, developing and testing recipes, teaching, traveling and writing, mentoring other women entrepreneurs, working on special projects and consulting. She also designs themes and menus for a variety of events and strives to keep healthy Latin and Spanish cuisine and culture at the forefront of everything she does.
Amalia’s bestselling book Amalia’s Guatemalan Kitchen-Gourmet Cuisine With A Cultural Flair, won 9 first-prize national awards, including Best Foreign Cuisine Book USA by Gourmand World Cookbooks. She is now working on her second book. Amalia is a bilingual contributing writer for Twin Cities’ Latino American Today and for Guatemala’s Revue Magazine and Siglo21 national newspaper. Her articles include insights, tips, cooking techniques, and anecdotal experiences and recipes from her travels about food culture worldwide.
Amalia also supports the community through charitable donations of her time and skills. She is on the Executive Board of Common Hope and Latino Economic Development (LEDC) and also is co-founder and president-emeritus of Women Entrepreneurs of Minnesota (WeMN.org), a nonprofit organization that fosters women entrepreneurship.
Fish, to taste right, must swim three times: in water, in butter and in wine (Polish Proverb)