Rafael Palomino, born in Bogotá, Colombia, and raised in Queens, is the proprietor and executive chef of several Latin-style restaurants in New York and Connecticut. He is the author of Nueva Salsa and Viva la Vida .
Arlen Gargagliano is the co-author of Nueva Salsa and Viva la Vida . She resides in New York.
Anastassios Mentis is a New York based photographer. His work has appeared in Food & Wine , Wine Spectator , and Food & Arts magazines.