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Marysabel Taboada

Bilingual Culinary Chef Instructor

Marysabel Taboada was born and raised on the northern coast of Peru.  From an early age, she was always involved in cooking and grew a love for food production, the pleasure of feeding people, and the fast pace and fire of the kitchen.

Marysabel initially studied Business Administration and Tourism at university but since cooking had always been her calling, she switched to Culinary Arts at Le Cordon Bleu in Lima. After her graduation, she traveled to France, Spain, Mexico, Brazil, and the Caribbean to expand her knowledge of other cuisines, later establishing herself in our nation’s capital where she worked on the opening of a local restaurant and as a private chef. Later she became one of three private chefs at the residence of the Ambassador of France in Washington, DC. During her tenure there, Marysabel worked alongside two-star Michelin chefs and hosted and served many distinguished guests such as the President of France, U.S. and French senators, ministers, high-ranking military officials, CEOs, and other dignitaries.

During her free time, Marysabel shared her culinary skills with others, working as a Culinary Instructor in Fairfax County. She donated her time to hosting private cooking dinner experiences to raise money for schools and other fundraising events. Ultimately inspired to work with those in need, Marysabel volunteered to help in different organizations to teach cooking classes and cook for shelters in the area.

As an immigrant, mother of two daughters, and proud Latina chef, Marysabel is able to empower others to improve their lives through culinary skills, teamwork, and determination.



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  • Create job opportunities for unemployed members of our community
  • Facilitate access to healthier meals for our neighbors in need
  • Offer fruits and vegetables to those living in food desert neighborhoods


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