Giving voice to new gourmet experiences to keep life so endlessly delicious.
José María Ortiz
Cofounder • EMEA
Spanish by birth with an international soul, at 19 José María relocated to Florida to pursue his studies. Returning to Spain with a Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations and Marketing from Florida International University, he began his career in sales and marketing at Isla Mágica. The intense yet fructiferous four years he spent working for the first theme park in Southern Spain proved to be a smashing introduction to his success in Spain and throughout Europe.
In 2001, he was sworn in as Deputy Minister of Ceuta to run the tourism sector and finished his legislative term after two years, exponentially scaling his experience in the industry at the early age of 24.
In 2003, he joined one of the five most important and the largest Andalusian Hospitality company as Director of Sales & Marketing, achieving milestones such as "Best Restaurante in Spain" for 2007 and "Best Artisan Confectionary" for 2009. Throughout nearly 14 years carrying out duties such as the internationalization of agricultural products, he broadened his skillset and expertise in food service and know-how in the Spanish-Italian market consumption.
As of 2018, José María was promoted as Spanish Regional Director for the largest corporate event agency where fulfilled his training in advertising and business development.
Cofounder • North America
From managing a mini-golf course at 14, working as an OA for a branch of Real Estate offices, serving as an educator to the NYS school system, to entering the hospitality industry for over a dozen years, Monica has vast experience over a variety of sectors.
Inspired by education and culture, she moved to Spain in late 2009 to teach English in Sevilla. Enlightened by her years as an educator, she returned to her studies acquiring a degree in Digital Media, Branding & Marketing in 2013. After a brief stint in the fashion industry handling PR and digital partnerships for a Spanish couture designer, she moved to events to help grow a small mobile app startup internationally over the course of 7+ years.
She currently resides in Sevilla and continues to use her international network to coach and create local and global presences for brands and services.