Graciel is a two time James Beard nominated culinary producer, food stylist, and chef. She has worked on a multitude of shows, videos, and photo shoots for The Food Network, Cooking Channel, Bravo, TLC, and PBS.
Though Graciel left the Philippines at a very young age, she has grown up eating and embracing Filipino food and culture. Founded by her late maternal grandmother, Gloria Romero's Restaurant is the oldest running restaurant in Her hometown of Baliuag, Bulacan., spanning nearly 60 years and three generations. "GRR" has reached national acclaim in the Philippines, and the legacy of cooking and passion for food has definitely been passed from grandmother to grandchild.
Graciel received her B.A. from New York University and graduated top of her class from the California Culinary Academy in San Francisco. Aside from her behind the scenes culinary work, Graciel has hosted cooking segments on the national Filipino Lifestyle Show "The Sweet Life with Lucy Torres," as well as for a local Filipino television stations. She also serves as a hand model for Food Network/Cooking Channel commercials.
When she's not working on set, Graciel can be found teaching recreational cooking classes, developing delicious recipes, and eating her way through NYC.