Whether your are a Latina feminista, a first time cook or a professional chef ready to take on your own business, this one is for you! All those qualities and more are wrapped up in Yaqueline Martinez, Cubana chef and owner of Yaqueline Y Su Sabor Cubano catering here in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Yaqueline Martinez took a leap of faith by immigrating to the US, fueled by her desire for a grander vision of life. Who knew that her life-changing moment would involve a tasty twist?

Before tying the knot, Yaqueline wasn’t much of a chef, but a sudden yearning for her Cuban roots sparked a desire to write her memoir.

As she penned her story, sprinkled with memories of her mother’s cooking and the soulful tastes and smells of Cuba, Yaqueline never imagined that her mom’s recipes would be the key to her destiny. With a fiery passion for cooking ignited, Yaqueline went on to create her own company, Yaqueline Y Su Sabor Cubano, and she’s now savoring her dream life!

Yaqueline provides a step by step plan for starting a business based on intelligence, passion and determination for success and shout out to the organization that got her dreaming bigger than breaking even: Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center

Highlights of this episode:

✨ Cuba’s fall after the revolution

✨ Yearning for home inspired her to write her memoir that became a cookbook

✨ Hilarious stories of cooking catastrophes: Burning Down the House

✨ Step by step advice for starting a business

✨ Yaqueline’s Secret Side

✨ Shout out to SF cafecitos at Radio Habana Social Club and Creative Ideas Cafe

Read more about Yaqueline in this article on our website, LifeLnxx.com, her social media links and links to what you heard here today.


Consuelo is a first gen Peruvian, structural engineer and mother who encourages Latinas to authentically speak their truth by embracing their cultural identity, a source of fiery strength and profound joy.

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