Gabriela Álvarez

Gabriela Álvarez
Location: Brooklyn, New York Cohort Start Year: 2019 Project Topics: Arts in Health and Healing, Business/Private Sector, Community/Civic Engagement, Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Food Systems and Nutrition, Obesity, Racial Justice Populations Served: Adolescents (12-20 years), Adults (21-64 years), African-American/Black, Children (6-11 years), Children and Families, Hispanic/Latino/Latinx, Immigrants and Refugees, LGBTQ+ Communities, Low-Income Communities, Older Adults (65+), Puerto Rico and other U.S. Territories, Urban Communities, Young Children (0-5 years)
Liberation Cuisine

Gabriela Álvarez is a Nuyorican chef and entrepreneur based in Brooklyn, New York City, N.Y. Her work is rooted in the idea that food is medicine. She believes everyone deserves the right to a healthy, vibrant life. Reciprocally, she believes that eliminating health disparities will make it possible for more diverse and effective solutions for the world’s biggest problems to blossom. Her work focuses on making more accessible, health-supportive food part of a sustainable food system, and one that honors cultural traditions. She specializes in Puerto Rican and Caribbean cooking as well as community-led initiatives.

Gabriela comes from a line of community organizers and healers. She brings a perspective that is outside of mainstream health initiatives and carries with her a collective approach, learned over 10 years of community-based work. Her company is called Liberation Cuisine because she believes that food and wellness must be part of a larger movement toward collective liberation.

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