F80579ED-AB22-4709-95AA-9932C27784D8Gisselle Madariaga

Chef Gisselle has a passion for whatever she undertakes and teaching food is no exception. She feels the classroom setting is an ideal place to inspire and engage students in their own culinary journey. Before teaching with Butter Beans, she taught classes with Sur La Table. While pursuing her A.A.S. in Culinary Arts, she interned at Momofuku Milk Bar, eventually becoming the lead pastry cook for their Wedding Department.  Earlier this year she joined Wellness In the Schools, a non-profit that inspires healthy eating  by providing nutritious meals made from scratch.  As a Slow Food member, she values the importance of knowing where our food comes from. Along with slow food education, Chef Gisselle enjoys sharing ways to put fun spins on traditional cooking!

Picture for BioAngelica Rubin

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!