Since 1995, Maite Gomez-Rejón has worked in the Education Departments of such renowned museums as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, and the J. Paul Getty Museum, and has taught art history at the college level. As a private chef, she has catered for rock stars and celebrities.
A native of South Texas, Maite earned a BFA from the University of Texas at Austin and an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. After graduate school, she moved to New York City and began her career in museum education, and enrolled in the French Culinary Institute. While researching a medieval tapestry at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, she came across a group of medieval cookbooks and her interest in culinary history began. From that moment on she couldn’t look at a portrait without wondering what the person portrayed had eaten. She immersed herself in the cookbook and culinary history collection at the New York Public Library and began combining her love of the fine and culinary arts.
After completing her culinary training, Maite worked in restaurant kitchens in France and Mexico before combining her two passions in a class she designed for the Metropolitan Museum of Art titled Art and Food: Looking and Cooking. There, she traced the history of food as seen through the museum’s collection and topped each lesson off with a cooking component. It was a resounding success, and she has since been invited to be a guest lecturer at cultural centers across the country, including the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Norton Simon Museum and the Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens in Los Angeles, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the San Antonio Museum of Art. She has also lectured at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and the University of Texas at San Antonio and has brought her programs to inner city and private schools in and around LA County.
Maite founded ArtBites in 2007 in an effort to combine her two passions. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and their two dogs.