The Freshmade Team

  • Cara
    Cara Buffalino-Silman, CHHC, AADP – Founder.  Cara is a passionate wife, mother, thriving business-owner and chef with a love of sharing her knowledge of healthy cooking. Growing up in the restaurant industry, Cara thanks her father Carmine, a former executive chef, for her distinguished palate and appetite for good food. She later managed Vero Wine Bar on the Upper East Side of New York City until 2008. In September 2012, Cara graduated from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition (IIN), becoming...
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  • Alyssa
    Alyssa is a multi-passionate person working as an actress, private chef, ISSA certified personal trainer, and fitness instructor! She is Nutritious Life certified through Keri Glassman’s The Nutrition School and received her B.F.A. from Penn State University. She has worked with children her entire life and loves teaching the kids at Freshmade! Alyssa has combined her many passions to create her own healthy cooking channel on YouTube and is an avid foodstagrammer on Instagram! Check out her cooking show and...
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  • Andrew
    Andrew has been cooking away at Freshmade since 2014!  He’s an Elementary Ed teacher turned actor turned foodie!  Along with a passion for teaching, singing and cooking, Andrew loves to craft.  His craft blog,, tackles holidays and NYC apartment living.  Not only does he teach cooking classes for young chefs, he hosts boozy craft classes for adults!  Andrew’s know at Freshmade for his read aloud rendition of “Secret Pizza Party” and coming up with the most amazing crafts on the spot! ...
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  • Anna
    Anna Raful’s love of baking started when she and her sisters would spend the afternoon playing Clue and baking chocolate chip cookies. When she is not in the kitchen, Anna spends her time singing and dancing in regional theaters throughout the country. She graduated from Emerson College with a BFA in musical theater. Anna also teaches musical theater to children as well as gymnastics. She loves trying new recipes to make with her nieces and nephews. Some favorites include broccoli...
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  • Candice
    A graduate of the Early Childhood Education Program at Brooklyn College, Candice began her love affair with food at a very young age. She grew up learning the in’s and outs of her family’s business, New York City-based Salumeria Biellese. As she grew older, the restaurant became a platform for learning essential culinary skills, flavour profiles, and hospitality management. At Brooklyn College, Candice’s final thesis was a comprehensive study on integrating the principles of food and nutrition into an early...
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  • Dahlia
    Dahlia loves food. She and her boyfriend are slowly but surely making their way through the 2016 Zagat book of NYC restaurants. Dahlia has her B.S. in Psychology from Pace University and is currently pursuing her Masters in Social Work at Fordham Graduate School of Social Service. Dahlia has worked extensively with children as a camp counselor, babysitter, teacher’s aide, speech therapist liaison and tutor. She also has vast experience working with children on the autism spectrum. Dahlia has a passion...
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  • Eliana
    After pouring her heart into Miami’s public school system with Teach for America, as a second and third grade reading specialist while cooking up a Masters in Education, Eliana was hungry for a change and realized it was time to feed her passion. So, she swapped out her teaching apron, threw on kitchen clogs, and follow her nose to the International Culinary Center in NYC to become a classically trained chef!  In the years since, she has been savoring every...
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  • Kim
    Kim loves being a part of the Freshmade NYC team! She attended Penn State University and in 2014, graduated with her BFA in Musical Theatre. She is now an actress living in Astoria, Queens with her boyfriend and pug. When she isn’t away doing a show, she spends most of her time in the kitchen! As far back as she can remember, Kim always loved to cook. Being a part of Freshmade has allowed her to share her love of...
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  • Rachel
    Rachel Begelman is a New York based actress, writer, and healthy chef! She is an NYU graduate, and the host of a blog called Begelbyte: Cliffnotes on Culture. She splits her time between teaching cooking classes at Freshmade and acting, playwriting, and movement classes at The Atlantic Theater Company. Her favorite foods are pickles, nectarines, and chicken noodle soup, and she loves helping kids figure out what’s exciting for their tastebuds! ...
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  • Tess
    Tess is overjoyed to be a part of team Freshmade! When she’s not a Freshmade cooking up a storm you may spot her performing or doing some Teaching Artist work around the country. Tess develops her own theater and arts related programs to bring to schools and educational settings all across the country, most recently for Camp Ramah in the Berkshires and the Community School of Naples. Her love for food and cooking stems from helping her mom in the kitchen and sharing it over...
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