Welcome! My name is Olga, and I’m the creator of Cocina Republic, a space where I share my love of Latin food and culinary creativity.
Originally from Brooklyn, NY, I went to culinary school in New York City, where I learned the art of cooking and discovered my passion for food. However, after graduation, I took a different path and worked in experiential marketing, using my skills to create unique and engaging brand experiences.
But my love for food never faded, and after quitting corporate America, I continued to experiment in the kitchen, drawing inspiration from the flavors and traditions of my Latin heritage. So I started this blog to share my culinary creations and celebrate Latin America’s rich and diverse cuisine.
Here, you’ll find recipes that honor traditional Latin dishes while putting a creative twist on them. From classic staples like vegan arroz con gandules to fusion dishes that blend Latin and global flavors, there’s something here for everyone to enjoy. I also share tips and techniques I learned in culinary school and insights into how my marketing background influences my approach to food.
Thank you for joining me on this culinary journey. I hope my recipes inspire you to get creative in the kitchen and appreciate Latin food’s delicious and vibrant flavors. ¡Buen provecho!