Daniela Hurtado is a dynamic leader whose focus is on the empowerment of communities through food, leading change and building engagement. As the Program Manager of La Cocina VA, Daniela ensures the organization’s standards are met, and the operations run efficiently.
In the earlier years of her career, Daniela studied Gastronomy and Culinary Arts at Le Cordon Bleu in Lima, Peru, graduating with honors in 2005. After two years of working in some of the best restaurants in Lima, she was offered to direct the culinary program of a newly founded culinary institute, being this, the beginning of her experience in the educational field.
In 2010, Daniela moved to New York City, and continued to grow her passion for culinary education working as a chef instructor at the renowned Institute of Culinary Education, at the same time she also worked in some top restaurants in the city such as the legendary Russian Tea Room, Gaston Acurio’s La Mar Cevicheria, the famous Butter Lane Cupcakes Shop amongst others.
Daniela moved to Washington, DC in 2014 to work with DC Central Kitchen, a non-profit organization whose mission is to use food as a tool to strengthen bodies, empower minds and build communities, starting as a Lead Culinary Instructor and later becoming the manager of the Culinary Training program, beginning her immersion in the non-profit field. She has also worked as a Culinary Educator consultant for the Service Workers Training and Education Partnership Fund (STEP) and taught recreational cooking classes at L’Academie de Cuisine for three years. Daniela was also chosen to be part of an art exhibition at the Strathmore Mansion in Maryland, which highlighted the impact of the work women chefs are doing in our
Daniela recently graduated from Leadership Greater Washington’s Rising Leaders program, which allowed her to expand her management skills and strengthen her leadership qualities.
Daniela enjoys spending her free time gardening, listening to music, cooking, and being outside with her family.