Food was in my blood long before I was born. I’m certain it was passed down through the generations of skilled cooks in my rich multicultural family and intensified as my family and community expanded. My path has taken me on many adventures starting as a young New York City chef and restaurateur at age 19. My journey continued and I spent over 8 years at Food Network as the Test Kitchen Director and most recently at HelloFresh as Principal Chef and Head of Recipe Development. Together with my years as a chef and caterer, I’ve been feeding America mouthwatering meals for decades.
Being behind the scenes has offered me a unique perspective but I’m excited to share my kitchen wisdom, recipes and honest approach to hospitality with you. My entrepreneurial spirit is being channeled into my current projects including, Mill & Main Restaurant, located in Kerhonkson, New York, and my first cookbook, 52 Weeks of Dinner.
My passion and commitment to food and hospitality goes beyond business and as an Executive Board member of Food Education Fund, making time to share my experience and knowledge through service and mentoring is an integral part of my life. I’ve worn many hats and dirtied a lot of aprons along the way and each have their own story to tell. And what better place to tell those stories than in the heart beat of the house, in the kitchen with friends and family…that’s where the magic happens.
Mill & Main is a farm to table restaurant, featuring a seasonal menu celebrating local producers with a heart to soul focus. We offer a full service bar stocked with local beers, small batch spirits and natural wines; a coffee bar open daily with a wide range of hot and cold beverages, fresh snacks and ready-to-eat prepared foods; and an indoor grocery & food stall market featuring local artisan producers.
52 Weeks of Dinner is a cookbook that will show people how to create “meal kit” worthy dinners without the expense. I’ve been inspiring and motivating home cooks for over 25 years. This book will be chock full with my secrets, tips, strategies and culinary know-how so that you can create budget-conscious, delicious meals every weeknight of the year with no stress, no hassle, no panic.
Claudia is very creative, talented and passionate about food, with high energy, focus and a desire to deliver. As a food business / marketing consultant and educator who has worked with Claudia, I believe she'll full-heartedly strive to accomplish whatever she says she will!
I've worked with Claudia for over 15 years. She planned two events for my company including our 100 year anniversary and Grand Opening of our Flagship Store. She balanced all the logistics and PR with poise and humor. Her keen eye for detail along with her creativity and organizational skills were impressive. She helped me set the stage for success!
If you need a writer to keep you informed of the world of New York City food, contact Claudia Sidoti — she not only knows her way around a kitchen, but the city, too.
Having worked with Claudia for several years I can truly say that she is a master of flavors! She has an immense knowledge of cuisines and culinary techniques. Her flair for food styling and recipe development is exceptional. In addition to all of this, Claudia is also a pleasure to work with!
I had the privilege of interning for Claudia at the Food Network, and she has since become a well respected mentor and supportive colleague. Claudia's knowledge about food, flavor, and ingredients are extensive and all-encompassing.
I had the distinct pleasure and honor of working with Claudia for many years while at Food Network. Whether giving a VIP tour of the Kitchens, needing a well-spoken Kitchens spokesperson for an interview, planning an intricate consumer or media event, or traveling to represent the network, I could ALWAYS count on Claudia to deliver.
I've had the pleasure to work with Claudia for several years now. She recently joined me on a press trip to Mexico and I experienced first-hand her passion and knowledge for food and the culinary arts. This passion comes through vividly in her writing.
When I needed some family-friendly, heart-healthy recipes to include in my latest book, Claudia was more than up to the task. Not only are the recipes nutrient-packed and easy to prepare, but they continue to generate raves from my readers and their hungry, finicky families.