Chef / Author / Personality
Chef Claudia Sandoval is the winner of the sixth season of MasterChef U.S., and has been featured as a judge on the last two seasons of MasterChef Latino. 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. Her signature style is a modern take on Mexican coastal cuisine.
After becoming a fan favorite and winning the coveted title of Master Chef, she began a successful culinary consulting and catering company under the name “Claudia’s Cocina,” published her bestselling cookbook “Claudia’s Cocina: A Taste of Mexico,” And is opened up her own pop-up bakery, El Cochi Durado, in 2020. With a passion for all things philanthropic, Chef Claudia continuously finds ways to give back to her community and serves as a board member of various non-profit organizations.
Claudia is currently filming her own series and has been featured on Food Network’s Chopped, Best Thing I Ever Ate, Worst Cooks in America, and Easter Basket Challenge. Claudia also recently partnered up with Home Bistro to create a co-branded line of traditional Mexican ready-made, gourmet meals. She currently lives with her 15-year-old daughter in the city of San Diego, where they enjoy the outdoors and local dining scene.