Biography

Hello, my name is Debbie Jaramillo.  I am the Publicity and Test Kitchen Manager for Riviana Foods Inc., one of the largest processors, marketers and distributors of branded and private label rice products in the United States.  Here at Riviana I am responsible for the public relations and test kitchen programs for Minute®, Mahatma®, Success®, Carolina®, Water Maid®, River®, S&W®, Gourmet House® and Riceland® rice brands. 

Prior to joining Riviana in 2005, I was a cooking school coordinator for Sur La Table, a fine cookware store in Houston.  While there I was responsible for scheduling daily cooking classes and special events with local and traveling chefs, cookbook authors and cooking school instructors.  Additionally, I have worked with several restaurants in Houston, including The Brownstone, Baci and Yapa Kitchen Fresh Take Away , as well my own catering and fitness business.  Before launching my culinary career, I was a cardiovascular nurse in the intensive care unit at The Methodist Hospital in Houston for world-renowned heart surgeon, Dr. Michael DeBakey. 

Today, I am actively involved in a number of professional culinary organizations, including the International Association of Culinary Professionals, American Culinary Federation, International Sommelier Guild, Les Dames d’Escoffier, Les Amis d’Escoffier, Amici della Vite, Slow Food, National Restaurant Association, American Diabetes Association and the Houston Culinary Guild.   

I also like to travel throughout the world studying and teaching international cuisine.  Also, I am very active in the local culinary community, working closely with chefs, restaurants and food-related businesses in various charitable and volunteer events.

Here at Riviana Kitchens, I develop new recipes for the ever changing cuisine that is everyday American. If you are looking for delicious recipe ideas, simply use the recipe finder on this website. Searching for something specific? I have many other recipes available, just drop me a line!


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