Generation Susie and Jose
Photo: Courtesy of Chef Susie Jimenez & Jose Calderon

Two Mexican Americans Reach New Heights for the Second Generation

The road to success is unique for each second generation immigrant family. Susie Jimenez has become a successful celebrity chef. Jose Calderon has become a talented winemaker in Napa. They sat down together to share thier respective journeys and family backgrounds. The authentic immigrant stories told here include some of their key life decision points.

Jose Calderon

Jose digs in the dirt, manages the vines, and keeps all of wine safe and secure in the cave at the Constant Diamond winery. He grew up in the vineyards, with many of his family members who have worked for generations in the agricultural job from the Central Valley to Wine Country. For more on Jose you can check out the other conversations with Chef Susie.

A little about CONSTANT Diamond Mountain Vineyard may just be the highest (2121’), oldest (1895) vineyard, and smallest winery in the Napa Valley. Our location here at the top of the Diamond Mountain District appellation is, perhaps, one of the best places in the world to grow Bordeaux varietals and is unequivocally, the most beautiful and romantic.

The property is one the most beautiful places to sit and take it all in.

Chef Susie Jimenez

Susie Jimenez is the star of HipLatina’s new Spicy Tips, a video series promoting fun, flavorful kitchen adventures. Susie attended the California Culinary Academy, and later worked as manager, line cook, sous chef, and executive chef at several restaurants before being featured on the hit show Next Food Network Star, Season 7. Susie holds sessions where she teaches students to cook with a variety of unexpected techniques and flavor combinations. She’s the owner of Spice it Up Catering, hosts several radio and television shows in Aspen, CO, and is HipLatina’s culinary expert.