The world is in need of a health revolution—and it begins with the way we think about food.
Food controls us. But it doesn’t have to. Plantable was started to give you power over what you eat, and reframe how you think about food. The result is better health. Better overall well-being. And a sense that you’re in the driver’s seat when it comes to what you eat.
Dr. Nadja Pinnavaia started Plantable to give people control over their well-being. It all starts with how we eat.
From an early age, Nadja learned how precious life is. Her father died suddenly at a very young age, and her mother passed away from breast cancer. Another bout of cancer in the family prompted Nadja to start researching food and nutrition in search of solutions beyond the pending chemotherapy. She learned just how much lifestyle factors, especially our diet, impact our health and well-being. Applying her chemistry background to understand the biochemistry of the brain and body, Nadja learned that changing behavior is hard if food is controlling us. Plantable was born out of a scientific approach to making a healthy, plant-based lifestyle easy, enjoyable and delicious.
Nadja has an undergraduate degree in chemistry from King’s College, London, and a Ph.D. in quantum chemistry from St. Catharine’s College, Cambridge. Prior to founding Plantable, Nadja was a managing director at Goldman Sachs in London. She holds the Certificate in Culinary Nutrition from the Natural Gourmet Institute. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two children.
Nikki heads up the Plantable culinary team, with a focus on continually evolving the menu offerings. Nikki is a graduate of the Natural Gourmet Institute and is an expert in health supportive, plant-based cuisine. Prior to joining Plantable, Nikki was the Executive Chef at Pure Food & Wine, an award-winning restaurant based in NYC. In 2013 she was ranked amongst the Top 100 Best Chefs in America.
Rachel’s passion for good food evolved from an early age, as her grandparents were farmers and her mother kept a huge garden. After moving to NYC, Rachel graduated as a professional chef from the Natural Gourmet Institute. Rachel has worked as the Executive Vegan Chef for Munchery, as well as the Chef de Cuisine at Pure Food and Wine.
Willie is eager to ensure that every bite you taste is as delicious as beneficial for your health. Prior to Plantable, he was a National Academy of Sports Medicine certified personal trainer and Performance Enhancement Specialist. After becoming a graduate of the Natural Gourmet Institute chef training program he moved to New York to pursue a career in health supportive cooking.
Christen has always had a passion for the relationship between food and health, and the connection between physical and mental wellbeing. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology with a focus in Food & Nutrition and a Master’s Degree in Food Studies. As Nadja says, she is “the guru of everything”, with a role that spans customer experience, distribution management, and personal coaching to ensure our clients have an easy, enjoyable, and successful Plantable journey.
Dr. Yaghoobzadeh believes that the foundation of good health starts with lifestyle choices—the most important being food. He is recognized for his work in the field of the nutritional basis of disease and for the success he has achieved with his patients—many of whom have transformed their health with Plantable. Dr. Yaghoobzadeh is Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College, New York Presbyterian Hospital. He has been featured on the NBC Today Show, CBS Evening News, as well as multiple radio talk shows.
Amanda is a registered dietitian, board certified in oncology nutrition from the Commission on Dietetic Registration and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. She is the program manager for survivorship and wellness at Perlmutter Cancer Center at New York University Langone Health and has worked in onology for 10 years. She holds Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees from New York University. Amanda holds an honorary Certificate in Culinary Nutrition from the Natural Gourmet Institute after her collaboration on a food and nutrition series for NYU Perlmutter Cancer Center patients. Amanda has been featured on NY1 HealthBeat, Cure Today, and Sirius XM Doctor Radio. She is an equal lover of kale and chocolate.
Maegan and Sophia are the dynamic duo that pack and process all the orders. They support our kitchen staff, keep us on our toes, and keep all of our i’s dotted and our t’s crossed. They bring a welcome dose of high energy and enthusiasm to our kitchen daily.