Food & Wine Festival Palm Desert™ 2013 Chefs – Maria Sinskey
Demonstration: Saturday, 3:15 p.m., Stage #3 Garden West at Food & Wine Festival Palm Desert™ 2013
In This Video – Maria Sinskey, Culinary Director, Robert Sinskey Vineyards, Candidate for Master of Wine prepares lamb burgers, on gougeres buns with tapenade sauce.
Maria Sinskey attended pastry school in Denmark to hone her sweet tooth and then returned to San Francisco to work as Chef at several noteworthy restaurants: Boz Scagg’s Blue Light Café, the venerable Sherman House – a Relais & Chateaux Hotel, and Plumpjack Café, which she left in 1999 to pursue a life combining family, food and wine in the Napa Valley.
Along the way Maria worked in France at several Michelin starred restaurants, toured Italy and realized that life was good, very good. After returning stateside, Maria garnered many accolades: 1996 Food & Wine Magazine Best New Chef, SF Magazine Rising Star Chef, SF Chronicle Rising Star chef and appeared on many PBS and Food Network Shows.
Nowadays, you will find her cooking at her husband’s winery, Robert Sinskey Vineyards, laying out plots for her organic gardens, teaching, writing and raising two children.
Her first cookbook, The Vineyard Kitchen: Menus Inspired by the Season, published by HarperCollins was released in September 2003. Family Meals: Creating Traditions in the Kitchen, published by Oxmoor House, followed in November 2008. Her mantra is, “Eat seasonally, drink good wine and live a long and prosperous life.”