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New Haven, CT United States

Neil Fuentes was born July 16th 1969. He grew up in the kitchen with his mother always helping and learning the wonders of culinary arts.


Growing up on a farm in Venezuela gave him the opportunity to get to know the freshest ingredients as they were grown right at home. Fresh herbs, vegetables, meats and homemade cheeses were part of a daily routine.


His passion for the entertainment industry started at the early age of 6 where he participated in every play from kindergarten all the way to high school. During his high school years  he  joined a real acting and dancing school which gave him a solid foundation for his future endeavors.


College separated Neil from show business for a while and shortly after finishing his Modern Languages studies he started in the service industry as an International Flight Attendant.


The three years he spent traveling the world as an I.F.A. gave him the opportunity to try exotic food, wine, and spirits the world had to offer. This experience sparked a new passion in his life, COOKING! He moved to the United States in 1995 and started in the restaurant industry. This led to a 15 year career working his way up the ladder to become director of catering for a five restaurant chain. The time he spent as Director of Catering allowed him to get to know the real meaning of catering by putting his creativity to work when designing his customers events.


At the same time he joined the team of James Daniels Entertainment (http://www.jamesdaniel.com). There he worked as a Dancer and M.C. for various events such as weddings, corporate events, Barmitzvahs, etc.


In 2006 Neil joined the Connecticut Gay Men's Chorus. This allowed him to perform in venues such as the Schubert Theater in New Haven, The Belding Theater in Hartford, The Quick Center in Fairfield CT, Provincetown Town Hall, Ridgefield Playhouse and Downtown Cabaret in Bridgeport CT. Some of the musicals include: "Elves Gone Wild", "20 and Hot", "The Dazzling Dollar Store Divas" and Hollywood or Bust".


After many guest appearances on many different shows on TV and Radio representing his jobs, his first real experience on TV for his own company was on Connecticut Style of WTNH Channel 8 in New Haven, CT. The Sensational Singing Chef became one of the most popular segments on the show. Neil has done a total of 11 episodes, two of which made the “Best of 2009 Show”


Now Neil’s new adventure is his own Talk/Cooking show called “What should I cook”, In this show, Neil wants to bring to the audience the wonders of local talent, artists etc in addition to a cooking segment. The show will be done with a live studio audience. He promises it to be a revolution in the entertainment business.