My name is Karina Flores Chienda and I am a 25 year living in Toronto with my Italian Chef & Boyfriend, Alessandro Bonfigli. We met in 2018 during my last trip to Italy where I was working at my godmother's Gelateria in Rome. Now we live together in Toronto's West end where he cooks elaborate meals on his days off and I experiment with healthy foods and recipes while visiting farmers' markets and farms during my free time.
I was born and raised in Lima, Perú for nine years of my life. Growing up in a South American country really shaped the person I am today. From a young age I was exposed to a world of ingredients, spices, and flavour. Eating real food was a big part of my life and I found myself having an appreciation for fresh and authentic real food experiences. Since I had a hard time finding this experience in Canada, I left for an exchange in my last year of university and lived in Italy for five months. It was there where The Sassy Tomato was born.