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Dzintra Dzenis

Executive Chef

Dzintra is Executive Chef and Owner of Plate by Dzintra. Always passionate about food, she knew cooking and creating recipes would be the only job that could really make her happy. Before Dzintra moved to Paris in her early twenties, she began a dessert catering service called Dzintra's Dzesserts for high-end restaurants in Manhattan and New Jersey.

While living in Paris, Dzintra earned a Bachelors Degree in International Affairs and a Masters Degree in Business Communications. She worked in the Latvian Embassy and soon had the opportunity to head a multi-million dollar distribution firm. Although these activities brought forth financial security, they were detached from her true passion - cooking. After serious soul searching, Dzintra bid adieu to the corporate world and enrolled at the Cordon Bleu, where she earned her "Grande Diplome," and graduated with honors in both cuisine and pastry. Immediately following, she worked at the world-renowned Ritz Escoffier School of Cuisine and began to create elaborate dining events. Enter Dzintra's Supper Club. Wanting to introduce her swanky dining events to the US, she picked one of the coolest cities in the country to relocate her family and continue her endeavor - Austin. Since 2008, Dzintra has established a Supper Club, Catering Business and Around-the-World Cooking Classes in Austin, Texas. In the summer of 2010, out of thousands of participants, Dzintra was selected as a Finalist on the Food Network's highest rated prime time show: The Next Food Network Star.