Clarissa Hamlin

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New York, NY
Soul Food, Kitchen Basics, New York City Restaurants
  • Clarissa interviewed James Beard award-winning chef Jonathon Sawyer in 2013.
  • She got an early crash course in cooking vegan food during a conversation with renowned chef and author Mark Reinfeld in 2012.
  • She has set a goal of cooking every recipe from "In The Kitchen with Rosie: Oprah's Favorite Recipes" by Rosie Daley, who previously worked as Oprah Winfrey's private chef.


Clarissa has been a reporter and freelance writer for more than a decade. She began her career by covering food news in local Long Island, New York communities in 2010. In wanting to reach a larger audience, she wrote about the culinary world for GALO (Global Art Laid Out) Magazine in 2012. This opportunity later inspired her to move to New York City and explore the various food cultures and scenes. After spending time in NYC, she was led to move into education and begin leading research projects involving food access and security with young people in her classroom. She continues to teach about the history of food and cooking as part of the curriculum in her history classes.


Clarissa has a bachelor's degree in English from Syracuse University and a master's in education from CUNY Lehman College.

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