Theresa Farrell, Chocolate Demonstration Stage
Chef, Levy Restaurant Group
Born and raised in London, England, Chef Theresa Farrell was exposed to the culinary heritage of her family coming from an Irish/Caribbean background. She found her calling to the culinary arts in England working in the prestigious area of Victoria, London. Starting out in the savory department she quickly transition to pastry and found where her true passion lies.
In 2005, Chef Theresa made a decision with her children to move to America in pursuit of the American dream. In Florida, she established her catering business and catered to attorneys, doctors, NFL teams, and celebrities. In 2007 she went on a weekend visit to Austin, Texas and fell in love with the city. Three months later, she moved to Austin where she lived for nine years. Working at Whole Foods corporate office, she was given the opportunity to build a pastry team for the catering department which became successful and saw her make pastries for MTV music awards, SXSW, Prince, Elton John and Martha Stewart to name a few.
In 2016 Chef Theresa moved to New York and took time out to trial in Michelin restaurants like The Modern, Cosme, Per Se and Jean-George. Chef Theresa’s culinary view of plant based living comes from over three decades of living what she teaches, incorporating flavorful, locally sourced ingredients into her desserts.
Over the last five years, she has contributed her time to teaching/cooking on a voluntary basis, working at homeless shelters, schools, and culinary programs. Chef Theresa currently works for Levy Restaurant Group and has helped to establish the brand Cultivated building the first pastry department at the Javits Center.