Claudia Alarcón

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Mexico City
The University Of Texas At Austin
Dining & Drinking, Cooking & Recipe Development, Mexican Food
  • Claudia is a published food, drink, and travel writer for Forbes, CNN, OpenTable, Munchies, Austin Chronicle, Austin American-Statesman, and many more.
  • She taught cooking and cocktail courses in person and online for a variety of audiences.
  • Claudia developed a curriculum and recipes and co-presented two Mexican food history workshops at the University of Helsinki, Finland.


Born in Mexico City, Claudia began writing professionally in 2001 after a decade working in the service industry in Austin, Texas, contributing restaurant reviews to the Austin Chronicle using her professional experience and lifelong love for cooking. She contributes to many prestigious publications, including a food travel guide to her hometown for Anthony Bourdain's "Parts Unknown" and a featured interview with traditional Yucatan cooks for the BBC's "Outlook" podcast. She has served on judging panels for various cooking and spirits competitions in Texas and travels to discover and write about culinary traditions worldwide.


Claudia has a bachelor's degree in anthropology with a minor in Latin American studies from The University of Texas at Austin. Focusing her honors thesis on the history and cultural importance of tamales in Mexico, she decided that writing about food was the way forward as a professional career.
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