Chef Clara Hernandez

Chef Instructor, Culinary Arts

Instructor Clara Hernandez
Location: Online Programs
Favorite Dish: Arepas and Empanadas

"I do my best every day, and my heart burns for it. I just hope my students notice how much I love food, and how much I want them to fall in love with it as well."

Chef Clara Hernandez


Chef Clara owned a baking business called Antojitos when she lived in Venezuela, and later opened a catering business with her husband called Spoonful Catering. She worked in food photography with the biggest McDonald’s location in the world in Orlando, FL. She also did recipe development for Tupperware and created a cookbook for one of their products.

Clara volunteered at The James Beard Foundation Awards in 2016 and won the Legacy Award 2020 at Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts.

Her travel includes Panama, San Salvador, Venezuela, Argentina, Peru, Spain, and France, to experience the cuisine and absorb the culture of each country.

Honors, Awards & Affiliations

  • ServSafe® Food Protection Manager Certification
  • National Certified Professional Food Manager
  • Issuing Authority National Environmental Health Association
  • 2020 Legacy Award - Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts

Professional EXPERIENCE

  • Owner/Chef - Antojitos, Venezuela
  • Owner/Chef - Spoonful Catering USA
  • Career Services Student/Worker - Le Cordon Bleu
  • Chef Assistant - Tupperware Brands
  • Digital Marketing Coordinator - McDonald's
  • Digital Marketing Coordinator - Cypress Cove Nudist Resort
  • Career Services Representative - Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts


  • Associate Degree in Culinary Arts, Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts, Orlando, FL
  • Bachelor's in Design & Business Administration, Universidad Nueva Esparta

Special Interests

Digital design, food photography, and cooking.

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