Alejandra Ramos is a culinary and lifestyle writer, food blogger, and TV contributor. She is the creator of AlwaysOrderDessert.com, an internationally recognized home cooking and entertaining blog and lifestyle platform through which she shares her original from-scratch recipes, cooking tips, do-it-yourself crafting tutorials, and ideas for creative and inspired entertaining.
In April 2011, Alejandra left her corporate job to pursue her dream of creating a career in food. She started Alejandra Ramos Culinary & Lifestyle, a culinary concierge service that specializes in private cooking parties, events, and intimate small-group cooking classes.
Alejandra has appeared as a guest on Food Network Star, Emeril's Table, and Martha Stewart Living Radio, and has hosted cooking segments for Fox News, Telemundo, and Univision in both English and Spanish. She is the contributing food writer for Cosmopolitan for Latinas, and her recipes and expert advice have been featured in O Magazine, Real Simple, Cosmopolitan, SHAPE, Bust, ReadyMade.com, Saveur, BonAppetit.com, Relish, MarthaStewart.com, FineCooking.com, FoxNews.com, The Times of London, The New York Times, The New York Post, The New York Daily News, NBC Latino, The Huffington Post, iVillage, The Wall Street Journal, The Kitchn, and AOL Slashfood, among many others. Always Order Dessert has been called one of the "Best of the Web" by Saveur.com and FineCooking.com, and listed as one of Gourmet Live's "Favorite Blogs." The leading new media website Mashable.com named Alejandra one of the top "55 Foodies to Follow on Twitter."
Background and Culinary Training
Alejandra has been cooking and entertaining others since she was a teenager; she was 16 when she hosted her first dinner party and was known in her college dorm for her elaborate wine and cheese events (still underage, she would carefully select the wines and send an older friend to purchase them). After spending a few too many afternoons skipping classes in order to perfect her madeleine recipe, Alejandra realized that her true passion was in the kitchen.
Appealing to her father's sweet tooth and mother's thirst for learning, she convinced her parents to let her move to Italy to study culinary arts. They agreed, and Alejandra enrolled at Apicius International School of Hospitality in Florence, where she studied cuisine, pastry, and wine with some of the top chefs in Italy, including award-winning pastry chef Andrea Bianchini.
Upon returning to the United States (and a very tiny apartment kitchen!), Alejandra set about translating the skills she learned in the professional kitchen for use by the home cook, developing recipes that are as inspiring and accessible as they are delicious. (She also kept her promise to her father by continuing to provide him with a regular supply of his favorite cakes and pastries.)
Alejandra was previously International Editions Editor of Cosmopolitan magazine at Hearst Magazines International, where she oversaw 16 of the foreign editions of Cosmopolitan in Western Europe, South Africa, Brazil, and Asia. Prior to Cosmopolitan, Alejandra began her media career as a web editor and non-profit digital communications associate, managing websites and online communities for non-profit associations Common Good and the Americans for Libraries Council.
Outside of the kitchen, Alejandra has dedicated her time to raising awareness about the need for media literacy education in the United States, working closely with The LAMP (Learning About Multimedia Project), a New York-based nonprofit that works within communities to help students, parents, and educators develop a healthy relationship with all media. Her interest in particular is on the connection between media literacy and the way we eat, encouraging a developed awareness and understanding of what we’re allowing into our bodies. She also teaches social media and blogging workshops for other fellow entrepreneurs who want to learn how to use the web to build their personal brands.
Alejandra at Home
Alejandra and her husband Eugene Smolenskiy, a software engineer, were married in January 2011. Alejandra personally designed every aspect of the multi-course menu for 120 people and--despite the protestations of nearly everyone who heard her plan--baked and decorated the three-tiered wedding cake all by herself, assembling it and adding the final touches on site the morning of the ceremony. In his speech that evening, her father acknowledged that culinary school in Italy had indeed proved to be a worthwhile investment.
Alejandra and Eugene live in the aptly named neighborhood of Sugar Hill in New York City. When not cooking or entertaining, Alejandra likes to spend her time reading, crafting, and pining for the return of AMC's "Mad Men."
Alejandra is a natural on camera and in front of audiences of any size. She is available for television appearances, print inquiries, brand partnerships, press trips, and culinary and party consultations.
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