ABOUT THE HOSTS
CARMEN RUIZ DE HUIDOBRO
Founder of Españolita and Host
Carmen was born and raised in Madrid. She studied at Parsons School of Design in New York. For years, she worked as an assistant art director and set designer for directors such as Milos Forman, Steven Spielberg, Ridley Scott, Paul Thomas Anderson amongst others.
After settling in Los Angeles in 2008, Carmen decided to take on other projects, which would allow her to spend time with her young family. She opened Espanolita Foods, a Spanish delicatessen business while also teaching Paella cooking workshops. Inspired by seeing such interest in Spanish culture, she was determined to create a broader platform and launched Españolita.net. A website which features her visits to artists’ studios and artisans, and also Españolita Trips, offering unique and beautifully designed travel experiences to Spain, infused by her aesthetic eye and search for simple beauty. She hosts unique itineraries, along with local partners, guiding guests to an incredible cultural immersion through food and artisans.
Co-host for the Balearic Islands
Deborah Piña is a food and culinary ambassador for Mallorca. She is an expert in culinary communication, and has worked in various fields promoting and helping businesses develop strategies for product promotion. Furthermore she has worked as a food stylist, event planner and in public relations.
She is especially intrigued by local cuisine and Mediterranean culture. But most importantly, she is passionate about local gastronomy, finding ways to share it, and is committed to the search for authenticity. Her aim is to create unique experiences for travelers searching for off-the-beaten-path itineraries, informed by her passion for food.
Originally from Mallorca, but with a French mother, her travel experiences in countries as diverse as Sierra Leone, Mongolia and México, combined with her early career as a lawyer and sociologist, have made her realize her greatest passion: communication and development of human relationships through a shared love of food. She speaks five languages: Spanish, English, Catalan, French and German. These skills allow her to be a true communicator of her culture and bring it to a wider audience.
Deborah is currently devoted to her own project, Deborah’s Culinary Island, which aims to promote culinary culture and olive oil production travel experiences. She offers services as a private chef and tour guide around the Mallorcan gastronomic patrimony, and promotes local culture through food-related itineraries. As a Mallorca food travel expert, private guide and local host, she collaborates regularly with boutique domestic and international tour operators, exclusive hotels, historic villas and with DMC agencies.