We’re over the moon to announce our April Educator of the Month, Andrea Chrem! She has always been passionate about food, having grown up in Peru with mostly home-cooked meals. Before starting with Allergic to Salad, she ran a commercial kitchen where they produced healthy, all-natural fruit ice pops. These days, when not teaching, Andy works in real estate, showing folks the best of what Brooklyn has to offer. An amazing team player who’s beloved by her students, she’s been one of our favorite educators over the years.

We were lucky enough to have Andrea answer a few questions about herself.

Which ATS classes do you teach/what ages?

I mostly teach STEM classes to middle schoolers, this year at I.S. 187 in Brooklyn and, recently, at LMC in Manhattan. 

Briefly describe your background in food, cooking and/or teaching, and how did you get started doing this work?

I’ve always loved food; it was a big part of my upbringing in Peru. When I came to the US I realized that the “art” of home cooking was getting lost and most of my friends thought a cheese dip with veggies was a healthy snack! 

Favorite food/recipe?

Soup! Any soup!

In your opinion or experience, why is food education important?

Food education, from where the food comes from to the finished product is extremely important. The earlier we can get started the easier it is to introduce the love for fresh produce in children. By maintaining a healthy diet you are able to avoid some diseases and live a much healthier life. I’ve also learned that when you teach a child to eat well he/she will bring that knowledge home and will teach the rest of the family.

Here, Andrea breaks down her favorite recipe from last year: pesto and fresh ricotta crostini. What a delightful combo!

You’re the best, Andy! Thanks for being such a committed member of our team.

Be sure to check back soon for our May Educator of the Month. Until then, happy cooking!

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