2020 Food Panel
December 3, 2020 at 4pm ET



Join the HCHSAA for an online panel discussion about the state of the food industry before, during, and after COVID. Featuring alumni who have worked in food journalism and media, restaurant kitchens and management, as well as academic research, the conversation will revolve around how the food industry has been impacted and how it will adapt after 2020.

Moderated by Caroline Shin '99, the panelists are Ryan Canuto '13, Roni Neff '85, Sofia Perez '85, Simone Policano '12, Mark Angelo Roaquin '98.

To participate in the event, please sign up for our Zoom meeting here, or view the discussion on Facebook Live by going here.

Image of Caroline Shin Caroline Shin '99

Caroline Shin is a food and culture journalist. She was a video producer at New York magazine before officially launching her Cooking with Granny YouTube series and in-person workshops where diverse immigrant grandmothers teach family recipes and tell deeply human, richly cultural stories. CWG has been critically acclaimed by the New York Times, BuzzFeed, Food and Wine, Refinery29, and NBC, and garnered collaborations with LinkedIn, Tenement Museum, and Apollo Theater. She has an MS from Columbia Journalism School and a BA from Brown University. A Queens girl with a monstrous appetite created by her North Korean refugee grandmother’s home cooking, she is drawn to food stories showing the courage, resilience and contributions of immigrants and women across the cultural landscape of New York City and the larger U.S. You can see her work on Eater, New York Times, and www.CookingWithGranny.tv or @CookingWGranny on Instagram. 

Image of Ryan Canuto Ryan Canuto '13

After graduating from Hunter in 2013, Ryan moved to Montreal to pursue a Bachelor of Arts in linguistics and music at McGill University. Having been interested in food since he was young and obsessed with the Food Network, he worked front-of-house jobs at several bakeries and restaurants, but it was only once he started working in a kitchen that he found his true calling. In March 2017, Ryan began working at a small neighborhood restaurant in Montreal called Machiavelli that specializes in local and seasonal market cuisine. After three years of working in the restaurant industry, he is planning to return to school for culinary and pastry arts, work for various well-renowned chefs to gain experience, and perhaps one day open his own restaurant or pastry shop.

Image of Roni Nef Roni Neff '85  

is an Associate Professor at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and a program director at the school’s Center for a Livable Future. Her COVID-19 projects include surveys of food workers and food consumers, and serving in the leadership of the National Food Access and COVID Research Team (NFACT). More broadly, her research, education, and policy activities focus on food-related environmental sustainability and resilience challenges affecting public health, equity, and well-being. She has ongoing projects addressing wasted food/food rescue and urban food system resilience. Her education activities including teaching and co-directing graduate training programs focused on food systems and public health. She edited the first textbook on the US food system. She received her AB from Brown University, masters from the Harvard School of Public Health and PhD from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health.

Image of Sofia Perez Sofia Perez '85

A journalist, writer, and editor, Sofia Perez has told stories in just about every type of genre and medium. Her writing has been published in The New York Times, Food and Wine, The Wall Street Journal, Literary Hub, Gourmet, and Saveur, where she previously served as deputy editor. She provides editorial consulting services to a range of businesses and nonprofit organizations, such as the international conservation group Rainforest Alliance, and is an Assistant Professor at New York City's Pratt Institute, teaching management communications in the school’s graduate Design Management program. She has also written a novel - "So This is How it Ends," about the Spanish Civil War - which her literary agent is pitching. Previously, she served as a translator for world-renowned chef Ferran Adrià and HBO's Last Week Tonight with John Oliver. Her career began in broadcast journalism, at the NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw and the Today show, and she wrote and produced documentaries, entertainment shows, and educational programs for children, such as PBS’ Reading Rainbow. She has a B.A. in English literature from Princeton University.

Image of Simone Policano Simone Policano '12 (DC '16)
is a co-founder of Invisible Hands, a nonprofit delivering groceries, medications and other essentials to populations especially vulnerable to COVID-19. Invisible Hands amassed 10,000 volunteers at the height of pandemic in New York City, and has delivered over a million dollars in food and supplies to the elderly and immunocompromised in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. In the Before Times, Simone was (and hopes to again soon be!) an actor and producer in New York City. Her work has been featured in the Tribeca Film Festival, on Comedy Central, IFC and The New Yorker, among others. 
Image of Mark Angelo

Mark Angelo Roaquin '98

Mark Roaquin is a graduate of the Cornell University School of Hotel Administration and the Culinary Institute of America. He has worked in the restaurant industry for over twenty years in both service and the kitchen, from fast casual to Michelin Star fine dining. His passion for hospitality and music has brought him to Austin, where he now works for Steinway.