She took part in Master Chef 3, which changed cooking from a hobby to a career in her life. She has more than 190,000 followers on her chefraquelnovais Instagram account.
She grew up with her grandmother teaching her how to make jam and letting her help prepare Sunday lunch.
She started a blog in her name that holds recipes and tips on cooking.
She learned a lot about cooking from her father's travels around the world from India to Minnesota.
She and Christine Ha have both appeared on Master Chef.