Claire showed the audience how to prepare a roast chicken with fennel and onions, as well as a flourless chocolate cake (I will try this for Sierra’s birthday party!). Her style is informative and laid back at the same time. A warm energy surrounds Claire.
Her family once lived in Dallas and Houston, this festival was her first visit to Texas since those childhood days. Claire lovingly commented that Texas is hot and everything really is bigger here!
She lives in New York with her dog, Newman, who shares her tiny kitchen akin to the size Julia Child used to write Mastering the Art of French Cooking. She started out on Food Network as production staff for Michael Chiarello. There was also a time that she was working with Martha Stewart and had a whisk thrown at her. Claire survived to go on to host her own show, 5 Ingredient Fix. The first few seasons of 5 Ingredient Fix were shot in a friend’s kitchen. Her friend received some upgraded appliances and she continued shooting there until the current season (5) where a set has been built for her show.
One of her favorite restaurants in NYC is Ippudo (Japanese noodles).
Claire is planning to run a marathon in the spring, she has already completed a half-marathon. It’s no wonder she can stay that petite!
Having the opportunity to meet Claire was the highlight of the whole weekend. She is very friendly and encouraging. Thank you Claire for visiting Austin!