Expanding Opportunities: Culinary Council

By February 12, 2024March 2nd, 2024News, The Power of Cooking

The Sylvia Center is excited to officially announce the launch of our Culinary Council, a group of industry professionals keen to amplify our vision of creating healthy communities through the power of cooking. After months of planning, we have amassed a dynamic group of health and hospitality professionals, chefs, business owners, food writers, media consultants, and social media influencers – just to name a few!

The goal of the Culinary Council is to provide new pathways of opportunity for our students on their health and food journeys. Council members serve as ambassadors for The Sylvia Center and offer unique insights and opportunities to our students, sparking their interest to delve into the food universe in ways they might not have imagined or had the opportunity to experience.

We are honored to welcome such an amazing group of individuals to The Sylvia Center community! Together, we are committed to our mission of educating young people and families through culinary programming to promote health and well-being.

Carlos Cortés


Chocobar Cortés

Christine Lau

Chef & Owner,
The CLAU Group, Chino Grande

Nathan Rawlinson

General Manager

Stissing House

Dana Cowin Jae Lee

Chef & Owner


Eamon Rockey
Jill Fergus


Anita Lo


Liz Reuven

Founder & Editor


Georgette Farkas Hillary Marra


Lee Schrager
Gracie Gardner

Chef & Writer

Mawa McQueen

Executive Chef & Owner

Mawa’s Kitchen

Bryce Shuman
Leia Gaccione

Chef & Owner

South + Pine American Eatery

Nini Nguyen Arlene Spiegel


Arlene Spiegel & Associates

Chanel Gilmer Helen Nguyen

Carlos Suarez


Casa Nela

JJ Johnson

Chef & Founder


Raquel Pelzel

Editorial Director, Cookbooks

Clarkson Potter

Christina Tobia
Head of Operations,
Managing Partner,
Hospitality Multiple
Adam Kaye

Co-Founder & Chief Culinary Officer

The Spare Food Co.


Angela Pinkerton Hannah Wong