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Global Kitchen

We host immigrant-led cooking classes in New York City, and we serve as an online hub for authentic recipes from around the world.

  • Stage Full Product Ready
  • Industry Education
  • Location New York City, NY, USA
  • Currency USD
  • Employees 3
  • Website

Company Summary

Global Kitchen is a social enterprise that hosts immigrant-led cooking classes. Our instructors run their own food businesses, so the classes provide valuable marketing exposure for them. Global Kitchen also houses authentic ethnic recipes online. Promoting cultural exchange and preserving traditional recipes is important because aspects of migrants' culture are often forgotten. Our customers are 21-50 years old, enjoy good food and travel often.


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    Ryan Brown
    CEO and Co-Founder

    Ryan Brown spent the first seven years of his career in finance, while volunteering with food policy organizations in his free time. He founded an organization in Chicago through which he established CSAs connecting his neighbors to local farmers and launched community gardens and composting centers. Ryan’s passion for this work led him to a Master of Public Administration degree at NYU Wagner with a specialization in International Development.

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    Pete Freeman

    Pete Freeman is an International PNP and Management student at NYU Wagner. He spent 2½ years in Senegal with the Peace Corps consulting for artisan cooperatives to improve access to export markets, financing and business skills. After returning to the US, Pete managed 7 country programs’ grants for the International Rescue Committee. Pete then focused on sustainable agriculture as a Regional Fellow for the Rudolf Steiner Foundation.

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    Leah Helene Selim
    Director of Marketing and Communications

    Leah Selim is an MA Candidate in Food Systems at NYU. Before graduate school, she worked in the worlds of marketing and publishing with a focus on writing and design, punctuating her career path with a few summers spent farming and teaching English in East Africa. She currently works as an editorial contractor for ReliefWeb at UNOCHA while continuing her coursework in agriculture, food policy and human rights issues affecting sub-Saharan Africa.