THE STORY OF EDDIE GARZA
Eddie Garza is a vegan chef, cookbook author, and leading figure in the movement to reform food systems in Latinx communities. Eddie and his work have been featured by a wide variety of media outlets in the United States and Latin America, including CNN, ¡HOLA! TV, People en Español, Telemundo, Univision, TV Azteca (Mexico), Canal Nuestra Tele (Colombia), TV Venezuela, GoTV (Honduras), El Tiempo and El Colombiano (Colombia), and many more.
Eddie has cooked for a host of plant-powered stars in the television, film and music industries, including television host and model Daisy Fuentes, singer-songwriter Richard Marx, Latin American television personalities Marco Antonio Regil and Ximena Córdoba, actresses Kate Mara, Cybill Shepherd, Maria Conchita Alonso, Daniella Monet, among others.
Eddie grew up in the Mexican-American border town of Brownsville, Texas, a region plagued by childhood obesity, diabetes, and heart disease. Like many of Eddie's childhood peers, he struggled with serious weight problems from an early age, maxing out at 310 pounds by the time he was 21 years old. It was when Eddie transitioned to a plant-centric diet that he was able to naturally lose over 150 pounds and reverse his declining health.
Eddie’s latest book, ¡Salud! Vegan Mexican Cookbook, features 150 plant-powered recipes that represent the 150 pounds he lost on his vegan journey.
Eddie is a sought-after speaker, culinary coach, and thought leader on issues related to Latinx health. He has lectured and presented at top universities, culinary schools, and major conferences in the US and Latin America, including South by Southwest in Austin and Expo en Verde Ser in Mexico City.