Chef Francesca “Ches” Hinojosa is trained in French culinary technique with multiple years of experience with gluten-free, vegan, and special diet cooking. She believes in scratch cooking and local food, to nourish the heart, body, and soul.
She works with local foods, in a grassroots movement to improve and support local agriculture and inspire healthy eating in Arizona. Her passion for food and cooking started in her mother’s kitchen with a passionate, yet curious, nature of a child that simply wanted to know why mom’s Spanish rice was so delicious! She wanted to know how her mom made things taste the way they did. What is a spice? What flavor does it have to make this taste the way it does? While ingredients at that time were not a stretch of the imagination, my childlike curiosity grew into more.
As she grew into her teens, she had to learn a few new methods of food preparation. This was largely because of the various evolutions of her life from vegetarian, to vegan, to meat again, to vegetarian, to meat, to vegan, to gluten-intolerant; each involved various requirements for cooking and new methods to be used. From choice, to requirement, she has found every way to exercise her desires to cook, eat well, and be well.
This inspiration and passion for discovery lead her to becoming trained in French cuisine at Arizona Culinary Institute and a Nutrition student at Arizona State University. She cultivated a passion for eating healthily, heartily, and allergen-friendly.
When she became afflicted with food allergies and intolerances, she was determined to find a better way. After consuming cardboard sandwich, after cardboard cookie, to cupcakes that were promptly discarded she decided she must take matters into her own hands. She developed her own multi-purpose gluten-free flour blend that has provided her with baked goods that can fool anyone from some of the top pastry chefs, to her own family. She realized she was onto something, so she created Bound Bite. She is not bound by her restrictions — she is only bound to bite!