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As NYC’s only culinary high school, Food and Finance High School provides a unique educational opportunity to students and families in the community.


Students learn the true reward of hard work, dependability and time management from a staff of acclaimed chefs, educators and business leaders that oversee their curriculum, field trips, and internships.


We work to understand its students' barriers of success and develop additional programs to support their needs and dreams.

Preparation for higher-learning and the workforce is key to the ongoing success of our students. NYC comes together at Food and Finance High School to provide a rigorous and rewarding Regents Diploma and culinary curriculum for our students.


We’re more than a school, we are a community that supports our students as they tackle new challenges and reach new heights. We work to inspire and to empower our students.

Our Principal:


Roger Turgeon is a long-time chef turned culinary arts instructor, and he responded to the opportunity to design a small specialty school in the mid-2000’s as part of the Gates-funded New Visions project. In 2004, FFHS opened its doors.


In 2016, Principal Turgeon was the recipient of the prestigious Cahn Fellowship at Teachers College, Columbia University. He was one of only 22 Principals nationwide to receive the honor.


Our Assistant Principal:

Michael Bollati



Our Chef Instructors:


9th Grade: 

Chef Christopher Burgos - Culinary Exploration


10th Grade: 

Chef Billy Doherty - Baking 1

Chef Michael Lynch - Culinary Arts 1


11th Grade: 

Chef Jonathan Yung - Baking 2

Chef Geoffrey Tulloch - Culinary Arts 2

Food Education Fund

Junior Board:

Erin Fairbanks (Chair)

Jonathan Moldenhauer (Chair)

Ola Akinola

Dana Beninati

Laura Brown

Michael Chao

Nalissa Dyalram

Teishawn Florestal-Kevelier

Rebecca Gildiner

Shelley Golan

Showgofa Hamraz

Victoria Jordan

Sara Kim

Jordana Kozyreff

Maya Land

Alex Larson

Alec Leavitt

Jessica McAdaragh

Kyle McCullers

Sofia Mendoza

Jon Mero

Hallie Meyer

Jonah Miller

Alexandra Moskovitz

Kevin Nugent

Elizabeth Peralta

Josh Podolsky

Nashali Rivera

Sam Shepard

Karina Sosa

George Tenedios

Christopher Weathered

Nicolas Zuvia

Food Education Fund Staff: 

Eliza Loehr, Executive Director

Kat Taveras, Program Manager

Nick Noyes, Operations Associate

Chef Vera Kaltinick, After School Programming


Food Education Fund (FEF)

Board of Directors: 


Nan Shipley (Chair)

Angie Buonpane

Keith Cohen

Giovanni Colavita

Dana Cowin

Sean Feeney

Rhonda Powell

Debra Puchalla


Alexis Rosenzweig

Michael P. Salvatore, III

Claudia Sidoti

Mike Surabian

Steve Tenedios

Rafael Toro

Food Education Fund

Industry Advisory Board:

Carla Hall (Chair)

Danielle Alex

Ted Allen

Sunny Anderson

Mike Anthony

Greg Baxtrom

Justin Bazdarich
Rob Bleifer
Eric Bromberg
Joe Campanale
Joey Campanaro
Josh Capon
August Cardona

Lena Ciardullo
Andrew Carmellini

Esther Choi

Amanda Cohen

Tom Colicchio
Lawrence Covitt

Suzanne Cupps

John Doherty

Brad Farmerie

Rebecca Flammino

Bobby Flay

Joey Fortunato

Amanda Freitag

Michelle Gauthier

Andrew Gold

Ingrid Hoffmann

Jason Hua
Chris Jaeckle

Sara Jenkins

Elizabeth Karmel
Dan Kluger

Mark Ladner

Sarabeth Levine

Bobbie Lloyd

Brandon Lynn

Nick Malgieri

Daisy Martinez

Hemant Mathur

Marc Murphy

Jason Pfeifer

Ben Pollinger

Joe Quintana

Anthony Ricco
Missy Robbins

Surbhi Sahni
Aaron Sanchez
Chris Santos

Anthony Sasso

Paras Shah

Amy Stevenson

Bill Telepan
Jamie Tiampo

Miguel Trinidad

David Waltuck

Jonathan Waxman

Jessica Weiss

Melba Wilson

Stephen Yen
Geoffrey Zakarian

Food and Finance High 

School Advisory Board:

Frank Costantino Monroe College 

Ronnie Eldridge Former City Council Member 

Liz Neumark Great Performances 

Judith Norell Silver Moon Bakery 

Andrew Rigie New York City Hospitality Alliance

Amy Scherber Amy’s Bread

Stephen O’Brien Office of School Food 

Susan Stockton 

Roger Turgeon Food and Finance High School 

Philson Warner Cornell University Cooperative Extension 

Stanley Zabar Zabar’s 

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Our Partners

Our Partners


The Food Education Fund (FEF) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that works hand-in-hand with Food & Finance High School (FFHS). Our goal is to prepare and empower our students to continue their education and cultivate personally meaningful careers. The FEF was established with the FFHS in 2004 as part of Mayor Bloomberg’s small schools initiative to ensure that industry partners would always be engaged as stakeholders in the future success of the school.

The school’s partner – Cornell University – runs hydroponic, aquaculture, and aquaponic labs in the building, affording students cutting-edge science education.  These labs promote curriculum and discussions around sustainability and food science. With Cornell’s help, we are building a permanent rooftop greenhouse which will not only expand the program (and the amount of food grown), and serve as the model for sustainable food growth in the schools, but will be open to students from other programs as well. 

Call us:

(212) 586-2943

Find us: 

525 W 50th Street

New York, NY 10019


The Food Education Fund, Inc. (FEF) is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Our Tax ID #: 26-3497284

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