Chef Carmen Rawstron is a passionate and enthusiastic woman who loves to eat, cook and most of all to share.
At a very early age she found herself cooking by chance and later became an expert in the art of flavouring food.
Chef Carmen, a sixth Venezuelan generation of Spanish and Scottish ancestry, was first introduced to the kitchen by her late father, but her initial inspiration was also found in the cuisine of her maternal grandmother, who during the 50’s was a famous cake artist in Caracas.
During the late 70’s, her mother was posted to work in Italy where it was an opportunity for Carmen, who not only learned basic cooking methods, but also developed her skills to mix exotic flavours from the Venezuelan Cuisine with Italian traditional recipes. Then the mid 80’s marked her return from Italy to Venezuela where Carmen cooked more seriously for family and friends. However, after her graduation as a lawyer, she decided to return to Italy, not only to continue her studies, but also to learn more about Roman, Sicilian and Tuscan Cuisine.
Having lived in Venezuela, Italy and England, Carmen has been living in Malaysia with her children and husband, Phillip, for the last four years. She has been very busy learning and improving her skills as a chef, a food writer as well as catering for diplomatic and charity events hosted by the Venezuelan Embassy and the Latin American Ladies’ Association in Malaysia. These also gave Carmen the opportunity to participate in a series of workshops meeting with master Venezuelan Chefs Edgar Leal, Mariana Montero and Tamara Rodriguez.
Later she participated in the TV program OLE OLE with Chef Zamzani Abdul Wahab where she joined Mrs. Natahalie Nuñez, wife of the Ambassador of Venezuela, His Excellency Manuel Guzman, to present Venezuelan Cuisine. Carmen’s enthusiasm and determination to tell her story also led her to participate in the lifestyle magazines. While in Malaysia, she has been actively conducting and leading numerous cooking workshops with Malaysia’s culinary schools.
Carmen completed her project and self-published her first book in English “My Venezuelan Cuisine”. Besides her plans to continue selling her books and food writing, Carmen is aspired to become an Ambassador of Venezuelan Cuisine around the world. After a successful 6th Venezuelan Week, this year is her second time being the featured Chef for the Gastronomic Festival of the 7th Venezuelan Week, proving that she is indeed on the right track to becoming an Ambassador of Venezuelan Cuisine.