Carolina Saavedra is the Community Education Manager at Stone Barns Center. She once considered a career in medicine, but left her pre-med studies to pursue a passion for healing and feeding people via ancestral food traditions. She moved to San Miguel Ahuehuetitlan, a municipality of Oaxaca, Mexico, to immerse herself in her indigenous roots and learn her ancestors’ recipes and traditions. Upon returning to the United States, Carolina continued to build her culinary career, competing on Food Network’s Chopped, graduating from the International Culinary Center with honors, and securing a competitive culinary internship at Martha and Marley Spoon. Chef Carolina has represented the U.S. at multiple gastronomy events in Mexico, and she is a sought-after chef who has taught at leading cultural institutions including the New York Botanical Garden, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYU, and City University of New York Graduate Center. In 2021 Carolina was named one of Time Out’s NYC Women of the Year.
On the side: Carolina is the sous chef at La Morada restaurant, where the Saavedra family fights to ensure equality and social justice and to preserve their indigenous roots within the South Bronx community.