Healthy Heritage Cooking Series

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Join the History Center as we share traditions, one recipe at a time in honor of Black History Month.

This public program is presented by UPMC Health Plan.

About the Chef

Elise “The Diva Chef” Wims began cooking at the age of 9. As Elise got older, her passion for the culinary arts blossomed and she later graduated from the Pennsylvania Culinary Institute.

She has served as sous chef and executive chef at a variety of Pittsburgh restaurants. She appeared on the hit FOX TV series “Hell’s Kitchen” with Gordon Ramsay, finishing in third place and earning her now-famous moniker, “The Diva Chef.” In addition to other responsibilities, Elise also serves as the food critic for the New Pittsburgh Courier.