Chef Rossana Ascencio

Chef Rossana Ascencio | Chef | Well Seasoned, a gourmet food store.Born and raised in Mexico City, Rossana calls Vancouver home since 1993. Growing up in a family with deep roots in Mexico’s history and traditions, she learned from an early age to love and respect her heritage. With a very diverse professional background that includes a stint in local television, as host and producer - both in English & Spanish – Rossana has been involved in sharing and promoting Mexico’s traditions in many different ways. Her transition into the culinary world was truly as if by fate. Food and cooking were always an integral part of her family, and it was in 2001, when she convinced her siblings to open a little “takeout window” in downtown Vancouver where they gradually introduced their family’s favourite “Antojitos” – or traditional dishes. After a few years with the restaurant, numerous awards, and rave reviews, Rossana realized she wanted to broaden her culinary career.

She left the family business and enrolled in the Professional Culinary Program at Northwest Culinary Academy in Vancouver, to later go on to work at a number of fine dining restaurants and hotels, such as the Observatory, atop Grouse Mountain, and the Four Seasons Hotel in Vancouver. She fell in love with the local ingredients and amazing local producers during her time with Edible Canada (then Edible British Columbia), having the opportunity to lead hundreds of visitors through Vancouver’s  Granville Island public market with the popular “Chef Guided Market tours”.

Together they created Ceiba Importers of Gourmet Products, bringing to Vancouver fine products from Mexico & Latin America, as well as a signature line of products incorporating traditional Mexican recipes with locally sourced  ingredients, under the brand OMG Original Mexican Gourmet

She continues to develop new avenues to share her passion for Mexico’s culinary legacy. And with her “sacred trinity” in hand –corn, beans and chiles – continues to delight her clients with the flavours of her homeland.

Call us now at 604-530-1518 to reserve your seat in Chef Rossana's next class!

To see all of our classes, check out our cooking class calendar (updated weekly).