My legal name is Amanda, but I’ve never gone by that name, so we can stick with Mandy. I was born in New York City, lived in the Bronx for a few years, then relocated to Orlando, FL when I was about 8 years old. My family comes from Puerto Rico, so a lot of my cooking is influenced by my culture. I just recently graduated from the BEST school in the nation–Florida State University (GO NOLES)! I double-majored in International Affairs and Sociology. I currently work for an amazing company as an IT recruiter. In the mean time, I’ll be eating my way through every destination I visit. My passion has always been food, so I eventually intend on pursuing a career in the hospitality industry when I’m older, retired, and have nothing to do. I’m OBSESSED with The Food Network’s Chopped, and it’s my dream to be able to compete on an episode (amateur or not).
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