Growing up in New Orleans, the Figueroa brothers were surrounded by the enticing aromas and flavors of Caribbean, African and European cuisines. They were also inspired by all the extraordinary women in their lives. Their mother was a gourmet cook and from her they developed a passion for international cuisine. Their grandmothers and aunts shared family recipes and taught the young brothers the importance of balancing spice and flavor—and putting a lot of love in everything they made. So many women had such a strong influence on their lives, it would be impossible to name just one.