Amanda Cohen

Owner-Executive Chef, Dirt Candy, NYC
“I cook vegetables because I don’t know how to cook anything else. I’ve spent my entire life hanging around the little freaks and every day they reveal new sides of themselves or do something weird I didn’t know they were capable of. Dirt Candy is like my lab and I’ve devoted myself to experimenting with them. I hate them, I love them, they’re pretty much everything I know.”
“As a young child, my grandmother had a garden in our backyard and while she was cooking, she would ask me to go pick jalapenos, tomatoes, and squash. That garden made a big impression on me and my life. I believe that is where my passion for food and fellowship developed. On Sundays our family would gather at my grandparents’ home to eat and laugh. I believe that no matter what happens in life there is no better feeling than gathering around the dinner table with your family and friends.”