Dave Nuss

“Chef Dave” has been teaching culinary classes for kids since 2008. After graduating from the Natural Gourmet Institute he started working directly with the Children’s Aid Society developing culinary curricula in after school programs in East Harlem and the South Bronx. During summers he was the chef at a Quaker farm camp in the Pocono Mountains where every meal was truly farm-to-table.  Chef Dave also worked for two years in South Texas at a local Food Bank doing kids cooking classes and presenting cooking demos at food pantry drop-offs and the local farmers market. He is happy to now be working at Butter Beans, back in NY schools, spreading the good news that good food can be fun and delicious.

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Ann joined Butter Beans this past Summer as a food educator for our Food and Garden Summer Camp. With a background in Health and Human Physiology and Dance from the University of Iowa as well as working in various food establishments in NYC, Ann fell in love with the food world and decided to combine it with her passion for healthy eating and working with kids. Through Butter Beans Ann has become committed to empowering children with the joy of cooking nutritious meals and is so grateful to witness the creativity that youth bring to the table everyday!

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Angelica is very excited to be a part of the Butter Beans team, she is passionate about health and nutrition and is currently completing pre-requisite courses in order to pursue a Masters in Nutrition/RD programs. With a background in psychology and Spanish, Angelica has experience teaching a range of elementary school aged children both in New Orleans and New York; she loves combining her passion for education with nutrition and cooking. She is also currently a student at the Natural Gourmet Institute and looking forward to learning new and healthy recipes.

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Alex is originally from Kansas City where she obtained a degree in Communications and Business from The University of Kansas. After studying abroad in Italy and falling in love with food she decided to attend culinary school. In 2011 she graduated from Le Cordon Bleu in Paris and spent time in kitchens around the city such as Le Chateaubriand and Spring. While living abroad she grew in appreciation for farmers markets, the real deal farm to table food, and culture of cuisine. She then traveled to New York City and has cooked here for three years. She has also taught private cooking lessons to kids, classes at Sur La Table and done numerous private events. Alex is excited to share her love of healthy food and fun cuisine with kids and knows that Butter Beans is the perfect place for it! Bon Appetit!


 Jennifer Lisondra 
Jennifer first joined the Butter Beans team as a 2014 Fall Harvest Camp Counselor. Prior to moving to New York City in 2013, she worked for six years in the Weight Management Department of Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City. As Senior Education andAssistant Clinical Research Coordinator, she helped mobilize the fight against childhood obesity in the PHIT Kids, Zoom to Health and Special Needs Weight Management Clinics. As a New York Cares Volunteer Team Leader and Butter Beans Educator, Jennifer continues to deliver her mission providing healthy lifestyle education, and empowering youth to make healthy choices.

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Jade Rosenberg
Jade is a recipe developer, food stylist, and aspiring children’s cookbook author in New York City. Jade established her skills through working in the restaurant industry, The Chew on ABC, and for celebrity chefs. She is a graduate of Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Boston and Northeastern University with a degree in Communications. She is passionate about healthy, easy, and empowering foods. Butter Beans is the perfect place for her to share her love of food and kids!

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Jessica is a graduate student at Teachers College at Columbia University in Nutrition and Public Health, and completed her undergraduate studies at New York University. In addition to teaching for Butter Beans, Jessica has worked with other nutrition education programs, such as Edible Schoolyard, Sweetgreen in Schools and The Tisch Center for Food, Education and Policy. She is a research assistant on a nutrition-related study at Columbia’s College of Dental Medicine Pediatric Clinic, and is developing an instrument to measure changes in the knowledge and attitudes of students receiving a curriculum about the environment and sustainability in NYC public schools. Jessica also teaches dance fitness classes in New York City.  She is passionate about teaching kids to eat healthy!