Born in Manteigas, Serra da Estrela (Guarda), Cláudia began her journey as a Waitress in 1990 when she joined the Pousadas de Portugal, passing through several restaurants and hotels in the region.
In 2004 she became a Food & Beverage Manager on the Princess Cruises Ships, one of the biggest challenges of her professional career, providing her with a professional tour throughout the world, where she experienced cultures, customs and created timeless bonds of friendship.
In Portugal, she has collaborated with Michelin star restaurants and at various hotels, namely, Hotel Bom Jesus de Braga, Sheraton Porto Hotel and Spa, the Pedro Lemos Restaurant in Porto, Casa de Chá do Boa Nova in Leça da Palmeira, DOP Porto and the Hotel Teatro Designer.
In the Algarve, she headed one of the restaurants at the Hotel Salgados Palace from “Grupo NAU”, worked at the Bela Vista Restaurant in the Hotel Bela Vista from the Relais & Châteaux brand, following onto the São Gabriel Restaurant in Quinta do Lago, Almancil.
Her passion for wine and wine pairing materialised during the sommelier course she took at the Faro School of Hospitality & Tourism, followed up with a level 2 WSET on wine knowledge. Her training culminates when she assumes the position of Maitre Sommelier at the Restaurant “A Ver Tavira”.