Born in Jacksonville, FL, Claire (and her family) spent time in St.
Augustine, FL.; Houston; and New Orleans, but ultimately settled in Memphis, TN. While in college, she worked at Maggie’s Pharm, where she learned to appreciate the amazing flavors and scents of, and uses for, exotic herbs and spices — a love she applies to her cooking today.
Claire also joined Food Network’s primetime lineup as the host of Food Network Challenge, bringing her culinary knowledge and passion for the iconic show to its brand-new set and providing minute-by-minute details of the thrilling challenges.
With a multi-ethnic background, Claire cites her French-speaking grandmother as a major influence on her love for food, a joy passed on through many generations.
The grounds are alive on this summer Saturday with the aromas and flavors of the world’s best cuisine, food demonstrations, wine education and samplings, and the chance to contribute to a great cause through the unique offerings of the silent and live auctions.