Chef Vera Monica Caldaras grew up in Germany, learning first-hand from her Greek, German and Balkan relatives to prepare culinary masterpieces from scratch, and experiencing diverse cuisines from around the world. In 2000, during a six-month culinary journey across 15 countries, Caldaras studied street cuisine and food and baking traditions from professional chefs and bakers across Europe. In 2004, she settled in Catalunya (Catalonia), Spain, where she co-founded Leo’s restaurants, specializing in modern-style Mediterranean cuisine. Caldaras also consults for several bread companies in Barcelona. She can be reached at email@example.com.