A three time winner of Chopped, Adriana is a chef and activist. She advocates for a culture shift in the culinary business through her organization, The Table, and her pop-up dinners give back to her community in Venezuela.
“Her platform empowers women in the food industry, especially women of color.” – Amanda Pompeo, nominator
Name: Adriana Urbina Peña
Birthplace: Venezuela - Caracas <3
What woman in your life has been the greatest source of inspiration to you? My grandma, mom and sister are my biggest source of inspiration. They have overcome so much and worked so hard to achieve all their dreams! They are very talented and are always looking for ways to improve and help others. They inspire me to push myself every day. I don’t know what I’d do without them! Most importantly they are humble and fearless.
What does it mean to be extraordinary? For me, being extraordinary means being genuine, caring about helping others in need, and being humble whatever happens in your life. Not being afraid of making mistakes, staying true to yourself! Being the heroine of your own life not the victim, knowing that only YOU have the power to change your life.
How do you hope to inspire the next generation of women? I believe there is no greater success for us as womxn than to help other womxn to achieve their own success. To stand back and watch another womxn accomplish greatness is an extraordinary experience and something that I highly enjoy. From respecting and celebrating our peers in all they do, paving the way forward for a new generation of womxn by following my own dreams too without fear of failing. Getting back up and embracing who I am and most importantly never giving up on myself. Showing the new generation that they can do it too!!!
What motivates you to do your extraordinary work? My biggest motivation is to show others that we can all achieve Big things, I really love motivating and empowering others. My family and my profound love for my country Venezuela also drives me to keep pushing myself and make them proud!!
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