Food is love!Chef Claudia Sandoval is a San Diego native, known as the first Latino to win MasterChef and judge of MasterChef Latino, who celebrates home cooking in elevated-yet-relatable everyday recipes. That’s because it’s her family that keeps her grounded when she’s not on TV, working on a cookbook, or planning the launch of her much anticipated modern Mexican bakery, Cochi, scheduled to open later this summer. Celebrating her roots has led to some amazing, indulgent innovations in the kitchen always using fresh, natural and organic ingredients.
Grilled Cilantro Lime ChickenFresh, seasonal produce is always at the heart of Chef Claudia’s recipes. She is continuously inspired by the vibrant colors and aromatic scents that come from cutting into fresh, juicy citrus. One of her favorite ways to use citrus is to create tangy, flavorful marinades when she’s grilling chicken in the summer. The recipe below is one of her favorites and is reminiscent of many backyard BBQ’s with her late Tio Cuate, who this recipe is dedicated to.
Triple Berry Coconut Niño Envuelto Swiss RollGrowing up, Claudia’s favorite dessert was a Strawberry Niño Envuelto from her neighborhood Mexican bakery. The recipe from her childhood inspired her version of this dessert; the Triple Berry Coconut Niño Envuelto Swiss Roll. “The secret was focusing on the amazing, fresh ingredients I can find at my local Sprouts! Whether it’s the organic berries, edible flowers, or the Bulk Shredded Coconut, this recipe isn’t just going to be nostalgic, it’s going to make you happy to eat dessert!”