Program Manager, New York, NY
The Inside Scoop
What is your profession? What do you love most about your job?
I currently work with Local Roots NYC to bring sustainably sourced ingredients to New Yorkers. What I love most is seeing people’s excitement in trying new varieties of produce as they become invested in local farmers and regenerative agricultural practices.
Why are you interested in cooking and food education?
Everyone should have access to flavorful, nourishing ingredients as well as the culinary skills they need to cook delicious dishes to share with friends and family.
What first made you interested in food?
I credit my curiosity of food to the elementary school cafeteria where we’d have rigorous trading sessions to swap the different items in our lunches. This is when I first started thinking about the various foods we eat and why some ingredients are given more value than others. Not long after this, I read my first Michael Pollan book, and I’ve been obsessed with food systems ever since.
What is the connection between your work and the advising you do for Sprouts?
I work towards making local, sustainably grown produce more accessible to New Yorkers, all in the hopes of inspiring an adventurous cooking culture in NYC. In both my professional work and my advising for Sprouts, I’m on a mission to educate the community about seasonal, flavor-forward ingredients and how to incorporate these into home cooking.
Why do you think the work that Sprouts is doing is important?
Future decisions about the types of food we grow and what food we eat will all be shaped by today’s curious young chefs. Giving kids access to fresh ingredients and empowering them with the culinary skills to create something delicious is an invaluable service that will ultimately make for a happier and healthier future for all.
What is the most interesting thing you’ve learned from working with Sprouts?
I saw first-hand that kids will eagerly try different varieties of leafy greens and get excited about their various spicy, sweet, and bitter flavors.
Why is it important for kids to learn how to cook?
Kids are fearless, and when given the chance to get creative in the kitchen, they’re the ones who are most likely to try something new and share it with others.
What was one of the most rewarding experiences you’ve had as a Sprouts fan?
The best feeling is being able to create a community around cooking and develop culinary opportunities that local kids and leading chefs want to be a part of. My most rewarding experience with Sprouts (so far!) was creating relationships between kids, parents, and chefs, all of whom were eager to get cooking together.
Is there anything else that you would like Sprouts fans and foodies to know about you?
My spirit vegetable is spaghetti squash.