Deniz Vergara

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Paterson, NJ, USA
Rutgers College, Rutgers University Graduate School Of Education, The Natural Gourmet Institute
Recipe Development, Healthy Flavorful Recipes, Family-friendly Meals
  • In 2017, Deniz began teaching at a local culinary school as a chef instructor. During this time, she opened up five pop-up restaurants with her students where she led the menu and recipe development as well as ran the kitchen during the restaurants.
  • She has developed her own cooking curriculum for children and creates all the recipes she uses in her classes.
  • She has developed over 100 recipes for The Family Freezer, which receives over 150k visitors monthly.


In 2020, Deniz, a professionally trained chef and culinary chef instructor, started her food blog, Gourmet Mami, showcasing her strong background in recipe development, helping busy moms prepare healthy and simple recipes that taste great. A mom of two herself, Deniz knows that time is valuable, so she shows regular home cooks how to prepare inspiring, creative meals that are easy to make.


Deniz received her master's in education at Rutgers University prior to attending culinary school at the Natural Gourmet Institute.
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