Mandy Maxwell is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America with a diverse set of experiences throughout many aspects of the food industry. She began her career working in the kitchens of per se and Eleven Madison Park; both restaurants maintaining three Michelin stars during her time in their kitchens. She later transitioned to becoming a food stylist, editorial intern, and recipe developer for brands such as the Today show, Food & Wine magazine, Morningstar Farms, Pret A Manager, and Food Network.
Deeply inspired by the food movement, Mandy committed to changing the course of her career. She took the skills she learned navigating the corporate landscape and began seeking out ways to create positive change in local communities. Through volunteering with City Harvest, an organization dedicated to nutrition education, she taught healthy cooking habits to a diverse student body ranging from senior citizens with diabetes to low-income children as young as five. She is currently enrolled in The Food Systems and Policy Master’s Program at New York University.
Mandy was the first Culinary Director at Emma’s Torch, where she designed a custom curriculum that highlighted the needs of modern kitchens, while training students through hands-on experience.