Meet Chef Gabriela Álvarez

Gabriela Àlvarez is a chef, healer, founder of Liberation Cuisine, educator, and activist.

As the child of a mother who healed herself with nutrition and a father who is a longtime activist, she learned at a young age that food is medicine and an essential ingredient to social, economic, and climate change.

For over ten years, Álvarez has been working towards food justice, healing, and liberation. In 2009, Álvarez was awarded a Royce Fellowship to study sustainable food initiatives and their application in low-income Spanish-speaking communities. She won a Culinary Trust Scholarship in 2013 and in 2015 was awarded the Adelfa Vera Freedom Award by the Committee to Honor Puerto Rican Women.

Chef Gabriela has fed thousands of people: cooking for red carpet events, healing circles, retreats, community events, and private parties. She is renowned in NYC as a chef who nourishes spaces for social justice and collective healing. Her menus infuse traditional Puerto Rican dishes, ingredients that are local, seasonal and culturally-appropriate, and astrological elements.

Álvarez co-founded the El Puente Youth Culinary Program, where she has facilitated cooking classes for hundreds of young people and developed a Youth Culinary Apprentice Program.

Chef Gabriela founded Liberation Cuisine to create a new standard for nourishment. Her writings and speaking engagements link food access, self-determination, and cooking as energetic healing. She offers holistic wellness consultations and workshops that get to the root of people’s relationships to food and cooking.

Álvarez is a graduate of the Chef’s Training Program at the Natural Gourmet Institute for Health and Culinary Arts. She has a B.A. in Community Health from Brown University and a holistic health certificate from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. She lives in Brooklyn, NY where she continues to study the traditional medicine and culinary arts of her elders.