Aleesha lived in Compton until she was 11 years old, then bounced around California until she settled in Vegas.
She was adopted into a Panamanian family at a young age which ignited her passion and admiration for food and cooking.
Aleesha is happily married with 5 children but went on an exhausting and trying journey to get to where she currently is. Her and her family faced lay-off's, evictions, and even homelessness, but their love for each other is what carried them through.
As the main cook in her household, she budgets in the kitchen as much as possible in order to afford to feed the 7 people in her home. She is also saving up to open her own restaurant one day, a food experience that shows people you can eat delicious food without emptying your wallet.
She is known for her tacos and red beans and rice, a dish that she learned from her Panamanian grandmother.
Aleesha's money saving hacks in the kitchen include using Cup of Noodles instead of buying boxed pasta for family spaghetti night. She also swaps oxtail for turkey necks, a hack that she says no one can even tell the difference!