NGI Alumni: A Global Community

Our alumni are renowned chefs, entrepreneurs, thought leaders, teachers, authors, trailblazers. Our alumni cook in professional kitchens, for private clients and in their own homes. They hail from 45 countries - and when they’re not opening restaurants, they’re opening doors for each other.

Featured profile

A Q&A with Dirt Candy’s Amanda Cohen

Amanda used her NGI skills to land a job with Bobby Flay, help start a vegan tea room, and found an award-winning (Village Voice, Gourmet Mag, Michelin Guide) restaurant in New York City.

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Amanda Cohen
Chloe Coscarelli
Featured profile

A Q&A with Chloe Coscarelli

After graduating from the Chef’s Training Program, Chloe Coscarelli broke onto the culinary scene as the first vegan chef to capture the prize on Food Network’s “Cupcake Wars.” In 2015, she opened by CHLOE, a fast-casual vegan restaurant in NYC's West Village.

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Check out some more alumni profiles
Pablo Garcia

Pablo Garcia is co-founder of, a coaching business and wellness blog for men.

Elyse Kopecky

Elyse Kopecky and friend Shalane Flanagan, an Olympic medalist, co-wrote a cookbook for runners, titled Run Fast Eat Slow: Nourishing Recipes for Athletes.

Cara Mangini

Cara Mangini is an Ohio-based chef who recently published her first cookbook, The Vegetable Butcher.

Neely Cohen

Neely Cohen pursued her dream of making chocolate from scratch by utilizing her culinary training from NGI, learning to harvest cacao fruit in South America, and eventually opening up her own bean-to-bar chocolate factory and café, Vicuña Chocolate.

Dustin Harder

Dustin Harder is the host and creator of the web series The Vegan Roadie, where he takes viewers on a journey across America exploring vegan businesses and showcasing mouth-watering plant-based eats from chefs around the country.

Tal Ronnen

Tal Ronnen is the founder and chef of the popular Los Angeles restaurant, Crossroads, as well as author of two cookbooks, The Conscious Cook and Crossroads. Additionally, Tal made his culinary mark at several high profile events including Ellen DeGeneres and Poria de Rossi’s wedding, and the U.S. Senate Dinner.

Stefanie Sacks

Stefanie Sacks is a Certified Nutrition Specialist and Certified Dietitian Nutritionist, who has used her knowledge of food, nutrition and health in consulting, radio hosting, blogging and writing her book, What the Fork Are You Eating?

Jay Astafa

Jay Astafa runs an NYC-based boutique catering service and recently opened Long Island's first all-vegan restaurant, 3 Brothers Vegan Cafe.

Erica Leazenby

Erica Leazenby is a Family Physician, who hopes to include culinary classes as part of the healing process in her new practice in Indianapolis.

Alexandra Jamieson

Alexandra Jamieson is a nutrition coach and has written three cookbooks, including the well-known Living Vegan for Dummies. She is also co-creator the celebrated documentary, Super Size Me.

Alissa Wagner

Alissa Wagner is a successful restaurateur who co-founded Dimes, a hip, vegetable-forward NYC restaurant which recently expanded to include a deli and market.

Davis Lindsey

Davis Lindsey used his culinary training to land the role of Field Education Manager at Stone Barns Center for Food & Agriculture in Pocantico Hills, New York.