After a lifelong love affair with food, eating, and feeding others, Chef Lucia decided to make her fantasy a reality and enrolled in the California School of Culinary Arts Le Cordon Bleu Program in Pasadena, California. After being inspired by classic French culinary traditions and techniques, she attained her goal, and graduated at the top of her class on the Dean’s list with a Perfect Attendance Award.
In 2012, she grew her passion and love of food into the corporate gift business, Lucia & Co., and it is in this venue that brings her the most satisfaction. “Creating unique gourmet gift boxes and helping our clients nurture their client relationships is an extraordinarily gratifying endeavor,” she says. “I love hearing about the successes and growth our clients experience, the visibility they receive and how happy their clients are, really feeling so deeply appreciated. All this because of our little black gift boxes and the lasting impression of thoughtfulness they leave behind.
- CEO Hack: Writing things down
- CEO Nugget: Have fun with it and enjoy the journey
- CEO Defined: Leading by example
Books and television:
You can find her as one of the featured chefs in Chefs’ Specials of California: Signature Dishes and Favorite Recipes from Celebrated Chefs and Restaurants Cookbook. In 2009 Chef Lucia was featured in a national Diet Coke commercial with award-winning Chef Tom Colicchio of the hit TV show, Top Chef. In 2010 she was on the TLC reality show, Fabulous Cakes. Chef Lucia was featured in the Taco Bell Cantina Bell 2012 commercial campaign with celebrity chef Lorena Garcia and most recently in the newest campaign for McDonald's morning breakfast.
Chef Lucia was also recognized in 2011 for the Exclusive Tea Gift Box. It was reviewed and featured by Lifestyle + Charity Magazine.