About Amalia

Emcee Risen Christ Gala

Bilingual Multicultural Keynote Speaker

Latina Entrepreneur in Minnesota

Amalia Moreno-Damgaard, a WBENCGuatemalan native based in the Twin Cities, is a distinguished culinary force, seamlessly merging business acumen with gastronomic artistry. An alumna of Le Cordon Bleu and The Culinary Institute of America, her culinary expertise transcends crafting delectable dishes —it’s about reshaping narratives and fostering a profound appreciation of Latin cultural nuances. From pre-Columbian inspirations to classic French techniques, Amalia’s creations and message embody a seamless fusion of tradition and innovation, solidifying her position as a true culinary authority.

Amalia’s influence extends beyond the kitchen, making her a sought-after speaker and media personality. Regular appearances on major TV and radio networks in the Twin Cities (CBS, Fox9, ABC, NBC, MPR) showcase her dedication to creating social impact through cultural understanding. Combining culinary expertise with a dedication to informative content, she has served as a judge on Super Bowl LII’s “Super Snack Challenge” and two seasons of PBS-North’s “The Great Minnesota Recipe.” Additionally, she has participated in Hispanic Top Chef and in the PBS-Twin Cities series “Relish” and presents weekly segments on Telemundo Minnesota.

As a spokesperson with an impact across diverse sectors, Amalia has represented brands from Crystal Farms’ Hispanic cheese line to consulting for General Mills, Kroger, Chocolate San Jose, Minnesota Beef Council, and Sabrosura Foods. Her award-winning authorship combined with her Signature Hispanic Heritage Month Speaking Events addressing the needs of Fortune 100-500 corporations’ Employee Resource Groups (ERGs), universities, and professional organizations, has solidified her position as a trusted ambassador of Latin cuisine and culture nationwide.

Amalia is a catalyst for change in the entrepreneurial landscape, co-founding Women Entrepreneurs of Minnesota (WeMN.org) and making history as the first Latina president of the National Association of Women Business Owners Minnesota Chapter (NAWBOMN.org), fostering diversity and equity. Beyond exemplary leadership, she has a former executive career in international banking and a long history of nonprofit— philanthropy— and community service, earning her countless accolades to date.

Beyond culinary expertise, her impact resonates not just in flavors but in shaping perceptions, fostering inclusivity, and inspiring positive change. Amalia’s travels across all seven continents uniquely inform her voice, enriching her cultural insights and allowing her to seamlessly connect with audiences worldwide. Her global experiences contribute to a universal message that transcends boundaries, promoting a deeper sense of understanding of diverse traditions and fostering a sense of unity through the universal language of food.

Amalia is a graduate of the National Speakers Association Speaker’s Academy with a Master’s in International Business from St. Louis University and an alumna of the Cornell University-Bank of America Women’s Entrepreneurship Program. She is currently participating in The Culinary Enrichment & Innovation Program sponsored by Hormel Foods alongside an elite group of 20 chefs at the Culinary Institutes of America nationwide.

At the intersection of culinary innovation and societal impact, Amalia’s work is marked by a deep sense of responsibility, making a positive difference with passion and dedication.


To empower individuals and organizations, bridging awareness gaps and fostering a deeper understanding of cultural nuances through healthy, traditional cuisine. We offer impactful speaking engagements, insightful consulting, and immersive gourmet experiences to provide businesses with a strategic approach to cultivate relevance, foster inclusion, and wield influence while authentically celebrating the richness of Latin culture.


To foster positive change and cultivate a relevant voice that champions unity, equity, inclusion, and belonging across diverse communities. Through impactful communication on spoken and written platforms, we aspire to inspire a shared vision of a more connected and harmonious world.

Value Proposition

We specialize in guiding businesses through cultural gaps and nurturing inclusive cultures via personalized transformative experiences, product innovation, and activities. We efficiently streamline corporate events, saving valuable time, while guaranteeing that each interaction becomes a memorable and enriching journey into the vibrant heart of Latin culture and tradition.

Fish, to taste right, must swim three times: in water, in butter and in wine (Polish Proverb)
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