Maria Helm Sinskey


The chef side of the dynamic duo Sinskey team…Maria Helm Sinskey is a masterful chef, cookbook writer, and great supporter of thoughtful agriculture and sustainable farming.

She was born and raised in upstate New York. After graduating from California Culinary Academy, she attended pastry school in Denmark to hone her sweet tooth and then returned to San Francisco to work as Chef at several noteworthy restaurants.
Along the way Maria worked in France at several Michelin starred restaurants, toured Italy and realized that life was good, very good. After returning stateside, Maria garnered many accolades: 1996 Food & Wine Magazine Best New Chef, SF Magazine Rising Star Chef, SF Chronicle Rising Star chef and appeared on many PBS and Food Network Shows.
She ran the vineyard restaurant at her husband’s winery, Robert Sinskey Vineyards, and has spent years laying out plots for her organic gardens, teaching, writing and raising two children.

Her first cookbook, “The Vineyard Kitchen: Menus Inspired by the Season”, published by HarperCollins was released in September 2003. “Family Meals: Creating Traditions in the Kitchen”, published by Oxmore House, followed in November 2008. Her mantra is, “Eat seasonally, drink good wine and live a long and prosperous life.”