Miss Sydney’s is a family owned and operated business originating in the foothills of the Helderberg Mountains, home of New York States most beautiful mountain range. Our products are derived from family recipes and named after family members near and dear to our hearts. We have selected the finest and most flavorful ingredients to use on vegetables, chicken, pork, beef, game or seafood.
Chef A.J. is an intricate player in Miss Sydney’s family. An immigrant born in India, he moved to America in the early 1980’s with his mother and sister having little more than $60 to their name. But more valuable than money, he brought with him his passion for the unique combination of spices and flavors that he enjoyed not only from India, but also other countries he has lived in his youth traveling with family throughout Europe and Asia. As a young man settling in upstate New York, A.J. was unable to obtain the ingredients to replicate those family foods he enjoyed at first. He then embarked on making his own recipes based on his family traditions and teachings, but with new spice blends that he could obtain more easily in the states.
A.J. shared this love of cooking with his family and despite the hardship that would incur, his family encouraged him to attend culinary school. After working full time and attending Schenectady County Community College’s culinary program he graduated with honors. Chef A.J. cultivated his talents by learning under local and nationally known chefs. He has won recognition in numerous national and international competitions.
When he moved with his own family to the foothills of the Heldeberg Mountains he rediscovered an old recipe that needed a few adjustments. Over time this recipe was served at family gatherings and other social functions. It became the focal point at family celebrations. Again with his family’s encouragement, but this time with their assistance, they formed Miss Sydney’s Secret Family Recipes. The formation of this company as a family owned and operated business is a lifelong dream for A.J.