Culinary Partners


Michael Anthony | Executive Chef, Gramercy Tavern

Jeremy Bearman | Executive Chef, Malliouhana

Andrew Benson | Executive Chef and Food Service Director, Harlem Children’s Zone

Matt Fisher | Fletcher’s Brooklyn Barbecue

Mindy Fox | Food Editor and Cookbook Author

Rozanne Gold | Chef and Cookbook Author

Peter Hoffman | Owner and Executive Chef, Back Forty West & Back Forty East

Ellie Krieger | Cookbook Author and Host on Healthy Appetite, Food Network

Padma Lakshmi | Cookbook Author and Host/Judge, Top Chef

Alexandra Leaf | Founder of Chocolate Tours NYC, INC., Author and Culinary Educator

Matthew Locricchio | Cookbook Author

Phil Meldrum | Owner, FOODMatch

Claus Meyer | Founding Chef, Noma

Jessamyn Rodriguez | Founder & CEO, Hot Bread Kitchen

Peter Shelsky | Co-Owner, Shelsky’s of Brooklyn

Sam Sifton | New York Times Food Editor

Lewis Spada | Co-Owner, Shelsky’s of Brooklyn

Bill Telepan | Executive Chef, Wellness in the Schools and Chef/Owner, Telepan

Robert Turner | Executive Chef and General Manager, Omega FoodWorks

Michael White | Owner, Altamarea Group

The Sylvia Center’s Culinary Partners support the work that we do by providing varied opportunities to our students with the resources and networks they have available.  Our students receive valuable lessons and educational experiences that enhance their opportunities to learn.

Here are some ways to get involved with us as a Culinary Partner:

Lead a Youth, Teen or Family Class

Teach a class with your own recipe

Design a special menu for one of our events

Curate a private dining experience as an auction item 

Be a guest judge for a student competition

Provide mentorship and training to young and aspiring chefs


Ready to get involved with us?  For more information, please contact us at:

For current Art of Cooking sponsorship opportunities, click here.