Who’s making dinner? At Blue Apron, the answer is a team of world-class chefs. They’ve trained at top culinary skills, worked in some of the country’s best restaurants, and cooked all over the world. Read on to get to know the minds behind your favorite Blue Apron recipes.
John Adler — VP, Culinary & Physical Product
Chef John Adler’s lengthy culinary resume includes time in the kitchens at Per Se and Blue Hill Stone barns, as well as years cooking abroad. Before leading the team at Blue Apron, he spent 8 years at Franny’s, a beloved Italian restaurant in Brooklyn, where he served as the executive chef. Italian food still holds a special place in his heart, and his favorite way to cook is low and slow.
Lisa Appleton — Culinary Director
Chef Lisa graduated from the Culinary Institute of America. Before coming to Blue Apron, she spent several years working in media, including serving as a food editor for Better Homes and Gardens. She has a soft spot for midwestern cuisine, and loves to make a good casserole.
Jesse Aragon — Culinary Office Administrator
Jesse Aragon is an experienced restauranteur, artist, and DJ with a special interest in Latinx and soul food. Outside of Blue Apron she works as a mentor in low income communities, and is the creator and host of Speaking Queerly podcast.
Lauren Bernstein — Senior Culinary/Recipe Editor
Lauren Bernstein has always loved food. She started assisting with the Blue Apron Cookbook, which developed into her current editorial role. She is happiest when surrounded by cheese, meat, bread and wine.
Ramell Chambers — Culinary Manager
Chef Ramell Chambers has never met a pizza he didn’t love. After attending Le Cordon Bleu for culinary school, he worked as a sous Chef at Franny’s in Brooklyn for 3 years. He also has experience as a private chef. Chef Ramell loves Caribbean food and hyper seasonal cooking.
Sarah Comerford — Senior Culinary Manager
Sarah Comerford graduated from the Institute Culinary Education, where she earned the Top Toque Award. After finishing school she went on to work at Craft, where she was the only female line cook (thankfully, another woman joined after 9 months). Chef Sarah loves all things farm-to-table, and has a special interest in working with fish.
Lili Dagan — Culinary Senior Manager
Chef Lili Dagan’s road to Blue Apron started on the farm. Before joining Blue Apron, she helped build the Cornell Urban Education Farm on Governors Island through college and worked for a fair trade produce importing company. She loves any funky fermented food, and has been known to get a little inventive when mixing cocktails.
Sarah Entwistle — Senior Culinary Associate
Sarah Entwistle left a career in finance behind to pursue culinary school. During her time at the Institute of Culinary Education she worked as a prep cook at Gramercy Tavern. Chef Sarah loves cooking from scratch and all things saucy.
Annabel Epstein — Culinary Associate
Chef Annabel grew up in Germany to Russian parents, and has lived in Italy and Japan. Her international upbringing has heavily influenced the way that she cooks today. She loves to experiment with different flavors in the test kitchen, but always comes back to Russian and Jewish foods.
Jasmine Evans — Culinary Associate in Nutrition and Wellness
Jasmine Evans Earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and Nutrition & Food from Brooklyn College. She loves cooking Asian and Caribbean food, and believes that good health is about balance, not sacrifice. Outside of Blue Apron, she loves to sing and dance.
Ashley Giddens — Senior Culinary Manager, Core Recipe Development
Ashley Giddens attended culinary school at the International Culinary Center in New York City. After school, she worked at both Blue Hill Stone Barns and America’s Test Kitchen. Although she loves all types of food, her true passion is mayonnaise.
Jessica Goodman — Culinary Associate in Nutrition and Wellness
Chef Jessica is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America. She loves cooking vegetable forward dishes, and often seeks inspiration with a stroll through the farmers market. Chef Jessica admits to being a picky eater as a kid, but these days she’ll try pretty much anything.
Jessica Halper — Senior Manager, Nutrition & Wellness
Jessica Halper is a registered nutritionist with a Masters in Public Health from the University of London. Prior to her transition to health and wellness, she worked as a chef in several New York City restaurants including Annisa, Gramercy Tavern and Franny’s. As a health expert, Chef Jessica knows the value of moderation, and still finds room to enjoy her favorite snack: Cheez-Its.
Kristen Merris-Huffman — Culinary Associate, Test Kitchen Operations
Kristen Huffman came to Blue Apron after spending several years teaching cooking classes to home cooks at Brooklyn Kitchen and Hostos community college. In her free time, she loves hosting large dinner parties for friends. Around the Blue Apron test kitchen she’s known for her love of edible flowers.
Lauren Katz — Culinary Manager
Lauren Katz is a trained pastry chef who got her start in magazines, first as wed editor at Rachael Ray magazine, then in the test kitchen at Good Housekeeping. Chef Lauren is Blue Apron’s go-to dessert expert, and you can often find her making ice cream or baking.
Tim Kemp — Director of Culinary Innovation
Before joining the team at Blue Apron Tim Kemp worked as a line cook at Le Cirque and Per Se and spent 9 years as a private chef in NYC. Today, Chef Tim manages Blue Apron’s chef partnerships, and occasionally mixes up a quick drink for the test kitchen Team. At home, he thrives on the challenge of preparing a large meal with limited resources (ingredients or tools!).
Claire King — Senior Manager, Culinary Operations
Claire King graduated from the French Culinary Institute (now the International Culinary Center). Chef Claire is a French citizen who loves French and Southern cuisines, as well as cooking simple meals for kids. She’s also a trained florist, and hosted series of pop-up dinners that served over 500 people.
Andrew Mumma — Senior Manager Innovation
Chef Andrew Mumma is an experienced restaurant chef who worked in the kitchens at both Eleven Madison Park and Franny’s. He loves any food cooked in a smoker.
Emily Ziemski — Recipe Editor
Emily Ziemski holds a BA from The Culinary Institute of America in Pastry Arts & Management, and an MA in Science Journalism from CUNY. Before joining the team at Blue Apron, she worked in the kitchen at Marea, catered for Danny Meyer, and taught as a Chef Instructor at Sur la Table. Chef Emily is also a writer with bylines at Huffington Post, Roads & Kingdoms, and Edible Brooklyn, as well as the Blue Apron test kitchen’s resident sake expert.