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Alica is a second-generation Guyanese-American digital marketer and food blogger from Queens, New York. She founded Alica’s Pepperpot in 2010, a blog that focuses on preserving her culinary heritage through sharing family recipes and stories about how cooking has shaped her dual identity.
In her most recent accomplishment, Alica won 1st place as well as the Audience Choice award in her first culinary competition, hosted by Publix at the Walt Disney World Center for Hospitality and Culinary Arts. She is highlighted in the print issue of National Geographic Traveller UK (winter 2022) in a Q&A about her connection to Guyanese cuisine and culture. Food & Wine magazine’s March 2021 print issue features Alica’s family’s recipe for gojas, a spiced-coconut turnover along with sharing how she celebrates the Hindu holiday of Holi in a colorful two-page spread. Alica has written for Condé Nast Traveller where she was chosen to write the entry for Guyanese cuisine in New York in their 50 States, 50 Cuisines: The Food Worth Traveling For in Every State article. She also wrote an informative piece in Eater about Guyanese tawas, a cast iron pan used to make rotis and other flatbreads.
Additional features of Alica’s work are also found on Foodnetwork, Yahoo’s In the Know, American Express Essentials, and Brown Girl Magazine. A fun and lighthearted video interview in Alica’s home kitchen was filmed for Unilever Food Solutions where she makes a mouth-watering vegan chickpea curry along with paratha roti, a popular Guyanese flatbread. Alica is a contributor at Simply Recipes where she develops mostly Caribbean recipes to share with homecooks. She has also hosted in-person and online cooking classes in the Orlando and NYC area. Alica has a bachelors in English from St. John’s University and a Masters of Science in Market Research from The University of Rochester Simon Business School. She worked in sales and marketing before shifting to a career in food media as a blogger, recipe developer, and photographer. Alica currently resides in Orlando, Florida with her husband and two sons.