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Daily Inspiration: Meet Yvette Marquez-Sharpnack

Today we’d like to introduce you to Yvette Marquez-Sharpnack. 

Hi Yvette, we’re thrilled to have a chance to learn your story today. So, before we get into specifics, maybe you can briefly walk us through how you got to where you are today?
I’m a food blogger over at I started my blog in 2010. I share a collection of traditional Mexican recipes. These are my precious family’s recipes that have been passed down through generations. I also share modern Latin-fusion recipes that I have developed. When people ask why I named the blog and cookbook Muy Bueno, my response is that my grandma would always invite family and friends to her table with the same words: “Siéntate a comer, esta muy bueno” (Sit down and eat, it’s very good).

Today, I am a full-time food blogger/influencer, recipe developer, food stylist, and brand ambassador. I have had the fortunate opportunity to work on a commercial with Food Network for Coca-Cola, partner with Herdez for the Disney/Pixar’s Coco movie, and have collaborated with brands such as Target, Avocados from Mexico, Kroger, Land O Lakes, and more.

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
There is no such things as smooth roads! I have had to learn quite a bit. When I first started my food blog it was a hobby. My goal was to journal my journey of wanting to publish a family cookbook. Never did I imagine I could make money as a food blogger/influencer. I started off small working with different clients and have grown my business over the years. When I first started my blog, it was only me who had to do it all. I was a one-woman show! Now, I have a team — a photographer, videographer, website manager, web designer, business manager, as well as assistant writers.

Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
As a food blogger, I develop recipes for my blog. My goal is to publish 2 to 3 new recipes per week. I also work as a brand ambassador and am hired as an influencer. I specialize developing Mexican recipes celebrating my culture.
I am most proud of publishing two cookbooks:  “Muy Bueno: Three Generations of Authentic Mexican Flavor” and “Latin Twist: Traditional & Modern Cocktails”.

I am also proud of being an awarded Emmy for the “Day of the Dead Celebration” video I produced and wrote in the category: Short Format Program – Informational.

In 2012, I was honored to participate in a live round-table discussion with First Lady Michelle Obama, to discuss some of the issues impacting Hispanic families across the nation, including the health and future of our children.

What would you say have been one of the most important lessons you’ve learned?
I have learned I can’t do it all by myself. In order to grow my business, I have learned to give up control and hire talented folks to assist along the way.

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