Geraldine Gilliland is a successful chef and entrepreneur who has built
her businesses around expertise born through passion. She opened
Santa Monica institution Lula Cocina Mexicana nearly 25 years ago after
studying Mexican cuisine with namesake Lula Bertran, one of the best
Mexican chefs according to Bon Appetit Magazine. Gilliland cemented her
restaurant’s posterity with the Lula Cocina Mexicana cookbook in 2014.
Gilliland also owns and operates Finn McCool’s Irish Pub, a painstaking recreation of her late stepfather’s pub in Ireland, and Rancho Chiquita, an event and catering venue in the Santa Monica mountains. She also co-wrote the James Beard nominated cookbook Grills and Greens and has been featured in numerous publications. To keep up with Gilliland's new and expanding endeavors, visit her website.
"This is the most popular tamale that we serve at Lula. It's simple green corn and can be made at any time of the year."