Our Team

Karen Rogers
Founder and Director

Favorite Foods: I love fresh fruits and vegetables. Pickeled, sautéed, boiled, chopped, raw, cooked – there is no form that I don’t enjoy. And anything with a Moroccan twist.

Andrea Levy
Culinary Director

Favorite FoodsMy biggest weakness is any type of chocolate dessert. But as someone with a plant-based diet I’m also overly satisfied with any plate that includes lots of vegetables, specially fresh, local produce. Im also a sucker for soups and crunchy, fermented or pickled snacks.

Katarina Krska

Favorite Foods: From European pastries to dishes from my home country like kale and potato soup, fruit filled dumplings or freshly baked bread… the list of my favorites is very long. Good thing cooking and baking is a passion of mine. But if I had to pick just one food, then raspberries – straight from the garden. Or better yet – picked up while hiking in the mountains!

Adrienne Yang
Chef-In-Training Program Fellow

Favorite Foods: Growing up, I spent hours in the kitchen as my grandma cooked Indian food. She is an important reason why I came to believe in food’s healing potential. Indian dishes that remind me of her instantly make me feel at home— chai tea, dal (spicy lentil soup), naan (flatbread), and spices like cardamom, cloves, turmeric, and ginger. I also have a huge sweet tooth and can’t say no to ice cream!

Diane Paquette
HR and Office Manager

Favorite Foods: Growing up in Maine, my favorite food has to be lobster! We’d have a huge family clambake every summer and it was a rite of passage as you grew older on learning how to eat a lobster. I also have a passion for baking so during my free time, you’ll most likely find me in the kitchen!

Samantha Zamora
Chef-In-Training Program Fellow

Favorite Foods:  I could eat soup any time of day, any season. There’s something so comforting about a dish from necessity that extracts every nutrient with so much care. Although Filipino, my mom grew up in Thailand which gives Thai food a special place in my heart. But, I will never say no to a chocolate chip cookie!

Favorite Foods: My parents are from Shanghai, and so Chinese food is definitely comfort food for me. I love the diversity of ingredients and spices that go into Chinese cooking. Side dishes over a bed of rice is the way to go. Some of my favorite dishes are Shanghai wontons, stir fried rice cakes, and anything with a numbing and spicy Szechuan kick! 

Lee Marcus
Summer Camp Director - New York City

Favorite Foods: I’m a vegetarian and I cook out of a tiny kitchen in my apartment in Brooklyn.  I love experimenting with fresh veggies and exploring new methods of preparation. Some of my recent favorites include roasted parsnips as a side, “crab cakes” made from lion’s mane mushrooms as a main, butternut squash soup as an app, and fried shallots as a soup or salad topper. Cooking has become a lifestyle, and fresh ingredients my lifeblood. 

Sara Wingate
Birthday Party Chef Instructor

Favorite Foods: I’m a lover of various cuisines and I enjoy experimenting with unique combinations of foods. I mostly enjoy Mexican flare, as it’s packed with simple ingredients and spices, but is also loaded with mouth-watering flavor. More specifically, I enjoy a veggie-stuffed burrito with pinto beans and spiced rice. 


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