Paola Briseño González Instagram Paola is a cooking writer and avid cook who wrote her very first recipe for a key lime cookie pie at age six. She is a proud Pata Salada— that’s Mexican coastal surf speak for a native of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Her cooking is a reflection of her coastal roots and is fueled by her background in food anthropology. Her recipes have appeared in L.A. Times, Epicurious, The Food Network, Milk Street Kitchen and others. She lives in Long Beach, California with her husband, a punk rock writer and taco editor, and their two Old English Sheepdogs, Fig and Crema. Experience Paola comes from a long lineage of cocineras, growing up with her mother and eleven aunts who taught her the foundation of sazón and coastal cooking in the family’s restaurant.At age 21, she left her family and all she knew behind to migrate to the United States on her own to earn a second bachelor’s degree.Paola is a graduate of Diseño Integral from Guadalajara’s Jesuit University, ITESO. She also holds a Bachelor in Fine Arts in Design Studies with a minor in Food Anthropology and Sustainability from The Art Institute of Portland. Upon moving to Los Angeles in 2013, she became a private chef for Latin powerhouse artists, cooking soft-scrambled eggs for Juanes and cooking feasts for Colombian singer, J Balvin, and for Spanish singer-songwriter, Rosalía, during their long recording album stays.Paola is the current Director of Awards at The International Association of Culinary Professionals where she leads the committees to select the season's best cookbooks, food writing and food photography and styling. Education Paola is a graduate of Diseño Integral from Guadalajara’s Jesuit University, ITESO. She also holds a Bachelor in Fine Arts in Design Studies with a minor in Food Anthropology and Sustainability from The Art Institute of Portland. About Food & Wine Food & Wine, a Dotdash Meredith Brand, is an award-winning online resource for anyone passionate about the culinary world. With rigorously tested recipes and the most trusted restaurant, drinks, culinary travel and home coverage, we inspire and empower people everywhere to discover, create, and devour the best in food and wine. Learn more about us and our editorial process.