Amalia Moreno-Damgaard is an award-winning-author, consultant and chef born and raised in Guatemala City. Amalia designs custom events for private or corporate settings and uses them as a platform to deliver her business mission, “To help people develop a better understanding and appreciation of Latin cultures through 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, became a mother and graduated from Le Cordon Bleu. 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 cooks for small to large private and social 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.
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)