Food Writer

A California native, Claire Ptak worked as a pastry chef for Alice Waters at Chez Panisse before moving to London. Claire worked at The Anchor and Hope in Southwark and staged at St. John and Moro before starting her cake stall Violet on Broadway Market. In 2010 she opened Violet, the bakery and cafe in Hackney, East London.

Alongside baking, Claire works extensively as a food stylist and writer. Her fourth cookbook, The Violet Bakery Cookbook, was shortlisted for the Fortnum & Mason Best Cookery Book 2016. Claire regularly contributes to The Guardian and The Observer and her work has also been featured in Vogue, Bon Appetit, Wall Street Journal, The New York TimesTasting Table, Food52 and beyond.

Claire is the host of Violet Sessions, a podcast of inspiring interviews with creative female pioneers. Guests have included Penny Martin, editor of The Gentlewoman; Chef and restaurateur Thomasina Miers; Chef Ruth Rogers of The River Café; Home cook and cookery writer Nadine Redzepi; and star of podcast sensation My Dad Wrote Porno, Alice Levine.

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