Eater. Feeder. Repeater. That’s Southern born, Puerto Rican bred and German raised, Lizzy Diaz-Ortiz’s motto. One could say she is obsessed with food, but that would be a gross understatement. Lizzy professed her gastronomic love early on when a kindergarten teacher unceremoniously asked her to choose her favorite parent and, despite being a devoted daddy’s girl, she responded: “My Mami because she makes me bacon!” Thus, began her love affair with bacon that remains one of her favorite foods.
Growing up in the military, Lizzy lived and travelled around the world exposing her to various foods and cultures. Her nomadic upbringing had her devouring cookbooks, exploring food markets, taking cooking classes and entertaining friends at home wherever that happened to be. Lizzy’s yearn to learn led her naturally to create her Kitchen Nomad food blog where she shares food memories from her experiences. While she’s an attorney by education and not a trained chef, as she likes to remind her husband, she’s been cooking for over 30 years!
Chicago Foodpreneurs: Startup Edition
In honor of Chicago Restaurant Week, hear from a panel of early-stage Chicago foodpreneurs about what it takes to turn a passion into a business.