Noah Sheetz is a chef, urban farmer, local food advocate and culinary consulting specialist. Over the course of his career, Noah has worked in fine dining restaurants, owned a bakery, taught courses in culinary arts, and served as the Executive Chef at the Governor’s Mansion in Albany through four administrations. Additionally, Noah worked with fresh-local, institutional, foodservice provider Cura Hospitality at Hudson Valley Hospital Center where he planned healthy, seasonal meals made with local ingredients and conducted cooking demonstrations at the hospital’s bi-monthly farmers’ market. Noah has worked as a cooking instructor at the Federal Correctional Institution in Otisville New York and SUNY Cobleskill where he taught beginning culinary arts students cooking fundamentals and the importance of working with local and seasonal ingredients.
Noah is the director of Chefs’ Consortium, a collaboration of creative and talented chefs who are committed to promoting local agriculture. Through his work with the Consortium, he creates partnerships with other non-profit organizations, actively recruits new member-chefs, and coordinates farm-to-table events. Noah travels throughout New York City, the Hudson Valley, and the Capital region where he conducts cooking demonstrations at farmers’ markets and school gardens and assists non-profit organizations and small and large businesses with sustainable foodservice solutions and with procurement systems that feature local ingredients. Noah has a bachelor of science in Culinary Arts Management from the Culinary Institute of America and an MBA from the University of Albany.
As a culinary consultant, Noah has been contracted by the Office of Children and Family Services to work with cook supervisors at youth detention centers throughout New York State on menu development and procurement of local ingredients; and to establish educational programs for cooking and gardening.
Additional clients include the Horticultural Society of New York, the Coalition for Healthy School Food, Battery Urban Farm, the Brooklyn Rescue Mission/Bed-Stuy Farm, Hawthorne Valley Farm, the Office of Children and Family Services, the Kingston YMCA Farm Project, Good Shepherd Services, and the Eleanor Roosevelt Val-Kill Partnership.
“Agricultural sustainability doesn’t depend on agritechnology. To believe it does is to put the emphasis on the wrong bit of ‘agriculture.’ What sustainability depends on isn’t agri- so much as culture.”Raj Patel