Chef Rosa Maria Tortorici

Rosa Maria Tortoríci is a classically-trained chef and the founder of Living Spanish, a Spanish language school based in Toronto. Raised in Venezuela, she received her degree in education from Caracas Universidad Nacional Experimental Simón Rodríguez. As part of her internship there, she taught English, and later became language coordinator of one of Venezuela's largest corporations. Trilingual, Rosa has more than 10 years in language instruction at numerous levels.

In 2002, Rosa Maria emigrated to Canada. After a period of fine-tuning her unique teaching approach, she founded her own academy, Living Spanish, to provide one-on-one and group instruction. Living Spanish is infused with Rosa Maria's philosophy that learning should encompass the culture and the language. She teaches using methods that allow students to learn through experiencing the unique elements of the Spanish culture. The classes ring with her passion for the lifestyles, cuisine, music and art of latin countries. In all her classes, activities are interactive and involving.

A feature of her teaching program is the social series "Spanish Café," evening get-togethers in which students experience different latin countries' cultures.

A classically trained chef who believes in the healing power of foods, she holds a chef's training certificate from George Brown Culinary School. This passion has driven a number of unique programs for her school including Spanish at the Market, Spanish at the Restaurant, and Spanish in the Kitchen.

Her visible and exciting successes won Rosa Maria Tortorici a 2007 nomination for Factor Hispano's '10 Most Influential Hispanic Canadians.' A dynamic proponent of all things Spanish, Rosa Maria Tortorici is a person to know in Toronto.

"Being raised in South America I was exposed to a variety of different and enchanting elements of the Spanish culture. The Spanish culture encompasses its language, its food and a unique way of looking at life. Language is deep in the culture, and when language learning meets the culture, it is dynamic and exciting."

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