Graduated from Rouxbe Cooking School

Congratulate me, please! On November 13th, I received my Professional Plant-Based Certification from Rouxbe Cooking School! My final grade: 100%.

Rouxbe Graduation

In order to graduate, I had to pass a written exam ( 200 questions in 2 1/2 hours) and a practical. This consisted in holding a shindig party with a minimal of 5 small plant-based plates. This was Rouxbe’s criteria:

“You’ll need to take 5 photos. These photos need to demonstrate each small bite that you decided to prepare (e.g. shooter, canapé, skewer or small handheld recipe that you wanted to share at your party). Each photo must creatively capture Rouxbe’s website or logo in the background. Creativity, presentation and level of effort put into this activity does count here so have fun with it”

My shindig  party theme was Latin Fusion. This is what I ended up serving for a total of 21 guests ( including 15 adults, 5 kids and 1 baby).  

(Raw) Spanish Cucumber & Watermelon Gazpacho  


(Raw) Mexican “Tacos” with Cilantro Aioli


Cuban Papas Rellenas ( Stuffed Potatoes) With Meatless “Picadillo”

Papas Rellenas
Tostones Rellenos (Stuffed Green Plantains) With Jackfruit Carnitas

Tostones Rellenos
(Raw) Mojito Cheesecake With Chocolate Ganache Torte


This was my last assignment for Rouxbe Cooking school! I want to thank my mom,  the best cook I’ve ever known. I miss spending entire weekends with her in the kitchen! I want to thank my husband, Jason DG, for holding the fort at home throughout the course and for  all of the quality control testing ;-p

 I also want to send a BIG thanks to everyone that has inspired me on this wonderful plant-based cooking journey including Chad Sarno, Ken Rubin, Dawn Thomas and all of my Rouxbe classmates!! I am feeling grateful!

I promise to share recipes for all these dishes and more in 2015!

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