As the host of Univisions Delicioso cooking show and author of two cookbooksSimply Delicioso and Latin DLite, due out in AprilIngrid Hoffman spends a lot of time cooking in her home kitchen. This is a real, functioning kitchen, she says of the chicly designed space flanked by a wall of windows that overlook Miamis twinkling skyline. We test our recipes here, I make my breakfast smoothies here, and its where, when family and friends come over, I put beans in the pressure cooker and feed everyone.
Though the Colombian-born Hoffman has lived in the same Brickell Avenue apartment for 15 yearsI remember when wed have to drive to Coconut Grove or the Gables for groceries!it was a little more than a year ago that she decided to finally remodel the kitchen. She enlisted help from Ornare, the ultra high-end Brazilian cabinetry maker in the Design District, and they helped me, literally, double my space. From an oversized sink to a faucet that twists around so she can easily fill a stock pot to bi-level drawers where cookware and utensils are laid out horizontallythe better to see and reach themthe kitchen, she says, was redesigned to be more convenient for me to use. It was actually remodeled to exactly how I use my kitchen, which sounds obvious but kitchens arent always designed that way. Case in point: I used to keep all my spices in a cabinet next to the stove. I am short so every time I needed a spice, Id have to go get the step stool and bring out every spice so that I could reach the ones in the back. It was a mess, she laughs. Now, my spices are lined up, side by side, in a pull-out drawer and I can see them all at once. That alone changed my life!
Chef Ingrid Hoffman will host A Red Hot Night, presented by Target, at 10 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23 at The Ritz-Carlton, South Beach. Last years winner of the Swine & Wine pork roasting competition, she will also participate in that event this year at 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 24 at The Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables. For details, go to sobefest.com.