Meet Muqueca Chef Fátima “Fafa” Langa
By Margarita Martinez
Fátima “Fafa” Langa was born in Espírito Santo, on the southeast coast of Brazil. Early in her adult life, she moved to New York City, where she worked as a tour guide for visiting tourists.
The buffet was transformed into Muqueca, which aims to give Americans a taste of real Brazilian cuisine. It uses a different kind of cooking that emphasizes long cooking times and indigenous tools. Fafa can take an entire day to make one pie filled with seafood and vegetables. She orders clay pots directly from Brazil to use in the kitchen. The Association of Clay Pots of Goiabeiras in Espirito Santo, which has made these pots for almost four centuries, is one of the only authentic sources for these pots.
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Margarita grew up in the Bronx and Ossining, NY with a Puerto Rican father and a Franco-American mother. From making her first empanada as a teenager visiting Argentina to her lifelong search for authentic Mexican food in the Northeast, Margarita has always had an insatiable appetite for Latin American food. Margarita is also passionate about acting and music. She graduated from Tisch School of the Arts at NYU with a BFA in Drama.
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