Cynthia Sestito is an innovative chef in the world of food, restaurants and entertaining. Cynthia grew up on ranches and organic gardening, long before it was "chic" or popular, imbuing her with a love and respect for food and its origins. Since the very beginning she has worked to educate her clientele on the importance of “real” food. She is known for fusing the art of food, flavor and fun into a celebration of the moment. For over twenty years, Cynthia has created a constant stream of some of the most exciting and successful events and restaurants in the New York region: two, three-star restaurants (New York Times) her successful catering organization, CYNFULFOOD, and her work as a private chef. Cynthia continues to whisk her signature mark of original and seasonal cuisine into a sensual experience where her food becomes the event.
Already known for creating the summer's hottest parties (In Touch Weekly, Hamptons, People) Cynthia‘s colorful events always land her on “Page Six”. Cynthia always keeps busy with private celebrity dinners, including Beyoncé, Chris Martin, and Scarlett Johansson to name a few. Cynthia’s close association with Jay Z has also led to a wonderful and wide array of roles and events—from private chef (New York City, the Hamptons and world tours) to producing corporate events and dinners.
Building on her success as a longstanding restaurateur/chef, Grey Goose and Bombay Sapphire continue to collaborate with Cynthia on a series of VIP events in order to reach a more exclusive audience. She has worked with Don Julio to create recipes for tastings and sit down dinners, as well as Gentleman Jack and Heineken. Cynthia has been engaged for a number of other corporate branding events, including Audi, Bentley, BMW, Revolve Clothing, Niche Media and VH1. Her brand itself is recognized as being first in taste and exclusivity, as demonstrated by her client list.
Cynthia continues to build on her remarkable ability to be recognized as a fan favorite from the premiere season of Top Chef, on Bravo. She has also played, bantered and cooked on “Access Hollywood,” MTV Europe, the London “Today Show” and on a number of other network programs.
Cynthia is currently working on an autobiographical account of her daring escapes in the food industry mixed with the experience of food and celebrity.