Chef-owner Marilu Perez has many warm memories of cooking with her mother and sister when she was a child, preparing food for their many parties. Food played a very important role in her family, always bringing them together. Marilu grew up exposed to two different cuisines -- Puerto Rican and Mexican. The influence of these cuisines is prominent in her use of ingredients, seasonings and flavors. Despite her love of food, she pursued a career in the fashion industry working for Tommy Hilfiger, Liz Claiborne and Oshkosh B'gosh brands but always continued to integrate cooking into her daily lifestyle. In 2009, Marilu finally decided to follow her passion and enrolled in the Institute of Culinary Education, where she received a Diploma in the Culinary Arts. Marilu then apprenticed at SD26, where she assisted the chefs for dinner service but mainly focused on their nightly catering events. As fitness has always been another primary focus in her life, Marilu was further inspired to create Lula NYC, professional chef services in NY http://www.lulanyc.org/ as a way to integrate the nutritional aspects of overall health through utilizing seasonal, organic and local foods of the highest quality. You can truly taste the attention and care that is put into her cooking!