Jeffrey's a Brooklyn-based food entrepreneur, creative producer, and thought leader at the intersection of food, culture and business. He's also a Jewish food expert and a devotee to all things fermentation.
As co-founder of The Gefilteria, he produces a cutting edge artisanal gefilte fish and culinary events, presents lectures and cooking demos around the world, and creates unique content related to Jewish food. Jeffrey co-authored the cookbook The Gefilte Manifesto: New Recipes for Old World Jewish Foods, which was named a National Jewish Book Award finalist and a top book of the year in USA Today, Epicurious, Newsday, etc. The book sparked a national conversation about the legacy of Eastern European Jewish food traditions.
Jeffrey co-produced and served as a guide for the interactive Jewish gastronomy course "A Seat at The Table" with YIVO. It's a comprehensive overview of Ashkenazi food history, culture, and recipes (and it's free). He also serves as the chef and scholar-in-residence for the innovative culinary heritage tour through Eastern Europe he developed in conjunction with Taube Heritage Tours and the award-winning POLIN museum. Jeffrey joined the faculty of The City College of New York where he taught culinary anthropology from 2019-2020 and he also joined the Brandeis University summer faculty from 2015-2019 where he developed a signature course.
During COVID-19, Jeffrey co-executive produced of The Great Big Jewish Food Fest––a 10-day virtual food festival that raised over $150,000 for COVID-19 relief efforts. He led a quick response team of 20 to create a wide range or programs in just about a month that attracted about 20,000 participants, showcased the diversity of Jewish food, and celebrated the role of food in culture and community.
Jeffrey's writing on food, culture, and the environment has been published in The New York Times, The Atlantic, The Forward, among others. He has contributed to both The Mile End Cookbook and The 100 Most Jewish Foods. He created and edited the literary site Pork Memoirs, which was featured in O magazine and Grub Street.
He speaks about food waste, culinary history, Jewish food revival, and much more to audiences around the world in his signature, dynamic style. He also leads numerous culinary workshops through The Gefilteria.
He was named to both the Forbes 30 Under 30 in food & wine and to the Forward 50, and he served as a guest chef at the esteemed James Beard Foundation multiple times.
Jewish Food Society - Becoming a pickler
Epicurious - That time The Gefilte Manifesto was named a top cookbook of the year
The Cooking Channel - Making Gefilte Fish on TV with Sherri Shephard on Holy and Hungry
NPR All Things Considered - Making Gefilte Fish on national radio!
Milk Street Radio - Talking all about the fascinating history behind Jewish dishes
Forbes - Named 30 under 30
The New Yorker - Changing minds about gefilte fish, a thinkpiece
The Forward - Named to the Forward 50