Culinary Partners


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

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

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

Phil Meldrum | Owner, FOODMatch

Claus Meyer | Founding Chef, Noma

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

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

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.