Get to know Chef Claudia
Chef Claudia Sandoval, winner of the sixth season of MasterChef U.S., is now a Judge on MasterChef Latino, a #1 Hit TV cooking competition on Telemundo in its Second Season.
Born and raised in sunny San Diego, California, to a family originally from Mazatlán, Sinaloa, Chef Claudia grew up with her mother and grandmother, who taught her how to cook from a young age. Taking what she learned from the strong female chefs in her life, and adding to that some self-taught knowledge in the kitchen and hours spent in the MasterChef US kitchen, she masterfully developed her own signature style. A modern take on Mexican coastal cuisine.
After winning the coveted title of MasterChef, she began a successful culinary consulting and catering company under the name “Claudia's Cocina,” in addition to working with important brands like Coca-Cola, Kellogg's, T-Mobile, and Tajín; Chef Claudia published her bestselling cookbook "Claudia’s Cocina: A Taste of Mexico".
With a passion for all things Philanthropic, Ms. Sandoval continues to find ways to give back to the community she lives in. Ms. Sandoval has supported and been a board member of various non-profit organizations. As a personal goal, Chef Claudia set out to donate or raise the same $250k she won when winning MasterChef. Since her win, she has helped raise over $450k for organizations directly effecting change in her local communities, nearly doubling her initial goal.
Chef Claudia currently lives with her 14-year-old daughter in the city of San Diego where they enjoy the outdoors and local dining scene.