Rachel, Class of 2020, loves all things food. From her time studying at Le Cordon Bleu Paris to obsessing over any Michael Schulson restaurant, she brings her passion to Penn Appétit. She has an unhealthy addiction to black licorice and Lucky Peach (R.I.P.), and will never say no to a meal out or licking the “batter spoon."
After moving into college, and losing a kitchen in the process, Xander had to find some other way to feed his inner demons. He took years of parental cuisine and went professional, staging in the kitchen at restaurant Abe Fisher on the weekends. When procrastinating, it’ll certainly be doing something food-related. Hoping to major in biochemistry, he loves shoveling down vegetables and is addicted to mushrooms, cruciferous vegetables, and strange fish parts. Someday, after splurging at the farmers’ market, he’ll hopefully be holed up in his kitchen, an arduous recipe in front of him, and his favorite classical music simmering in the background.
Alaina, Class of 2022, plans on studying Fine Arts in the College. Originally from Brooklyn, New York, she spent her high school years playing around with recipes for her baking blog before moving to Philly and jumping head first into the world of Penn Appétit. When she’s not working on studio assignments or settling down in a nearby coffee shop, Alaina is probably dreaming of tahini and marzipan while planning the recipes she’ll make when she *finally* has a kitchen again.
Justine de Jesus
Justine de Jesus is a sophomore in the College planning on studying Biological Basis of Behavior, with minors in Consumer Psych and Fine Arts. Though Penn Appetit is the love of her life (don't tell anyone she said that), she is also involved with The WALK and The Assembly of International Students. In her free time, you will most likely find a highly-caffeinated Justine bouncing around different cafes and restaurants all across Philly. While she is deeply passionate about photography, magazine-collecting and making Spotify playlists, food will always be the center of her world.
Katherine, Class of 2020, is studying Anthropology and Management at Penn. She sees food as a cultural experience that can bring people together and will try almost anything at least once! She runs her own food blog, The Kat Food, on which she loves to eat and make dumplings. Besides eating rice cakes and hummus, Katherine also loves to hang out on aerial silks!
Chris, Class of 2020, is studying Biological Basis of Behavior in the College. Originally from Pittsburgh, he now aims to eat at all of the top 50 restaurants in Philly. When he is not reviewing Penn Appetit’s finances, he can be found on the golf course or playing with his dog, Gnocchi. His last supper would consist of a pan seared duck breast and parmesan risotto.
Digital Content Director
When Grace Leahy, Class of 2021, announced that she planned to be a cook when she grew up, her family laughed it off. She didn't have the patience - everything had too much salt, or was left in the oven for just a bit too long. And even though college (more specifically, Penn Appetit) has improved her success rate, she sticks primarily to eating and writing nowadays.
Social Impact Chair
Katie, Class of 2020, is originally from sunny and hot Scottsdale, Arizona. She is currently studying Bioengineering with a concentration in Engineering Entrepreneurship. She has an unhealthy obsession with hummus and has been banned twice from OpenTable because of making too many reservations.
Internal Social Chair
Maggie, Class of 2022, is always on the look for the best restaurants to try in Philly. In her free time, she loves traveling, exploring the food scene, and making baked goods. She is extremely interested in the cross between food and culture. From working in farm-to-table environments to fine dining kitchens, Maggie has grown to love the the industry and is inspired to work in it in her future.
Edward, Class of 2020, is Penn Appétit's webmaster and an architecture / design student who cares too much over aesthetics. He is an avid foodie but has the taste buds of a kindergartener. He is unhealthily obsessed with Chipotle and any deep fried dish.