We had the good fortune of connecting with Elizabeth Morais Campora and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Elizabeth, do you have some perspective or insight you can share with us on the question of when someone should give up versus when they should keep going?
I believe everyday we learn something new in life, leaning motivates me to keep going. Sometimes you have to give up if it is affecting your self or people you love. I am very lucky, I have my husband Gio Campora and my two kids Julia and Gabriele motivating me everyday to keep going. I am truly blessed.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I started in the kitchen when I was 14 years old in Porto Seguro- Brazil as a dishwasher, there I started to learn little tricks and play around with Food, but it was really in NY where I fall in love with food! I started to experiment with Foods from all over the world, that made me so passionate about it. I am never afraid of a challenge I think this helped me a lot as a young women who had just moved to NY without speaking any English. I am always open to learn more and that play a big part of who I am now. I speak five languages that I learn on every day life just by being so curious about learning new things, if I learn a language I can learn a new recipe from anyone in the world. Food is love, is made to share and that is the beauty about my job I get to share the love that I put in my food with others. It’s a great feeling when someone eats my food and said that it brought them back memories. In NY I started to cook for private clients and that made my way in to great restaurants and events. 12 years ago I moved to LA and started to work as a private chef for some catering companies, hotels and restaurants. It wasn’t easy, it is a very competitive market but I worked hard for my dreams , I am still working hard to get to where I want. I always respected everyone even when they were being completely unfair to me, I always try to keep a positive attitude and just learn from the situations I found myself in. I also did found some amazing chefs that gave me an opportunity and I took with all my heart and worked double to make them understand that I wanted to grow that I wanted to learn, that they wouldn’t regret the opportunity they gave me because I was fighting to make them proud. I never give up on my dreams, I tell my kids every day that it is very important to be honest and work hard to make your dreams come true and never give up.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I would for sure take them to simple places first like The Grand Central Market, I love that place. The whole concept is amazing, from fresh oysters and great French white wine to Latino and asian food that place is a trip to take for sure! Dinner at République. The Broad museum would be a great experience too, that place is beautiful. I love to dance so Zebulon in Frogtown for live music and dancing would be a great stop. For drinks I would go to Chateau Marmont.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I have to thank my mother in law Maria Vitale Campora for everything I know related to food, she was unbelievable creative. I meet her when I was nineteen years old, she was this real Mamma from Palermo-Sicily with a great heart and a smile that lights up your day. She taught me how to create a beautiful and delicious dish using what is available fresh at the farmers market, or whatever I had in my fridge, she had the fishman bringing straight to her house the caught of the day, that was unbelievable! I never had better fish then I did there in Sicily. Mamma cooked with love and passion. I miss her everyday, she was my mentor.
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