Growing up in Queens, the son of immigrants, Alejandro had an early start in the food world helping his father out in the family’s butcher shop. Throughout his twenties he worked at the Prison Moratorium Project as Co-Director focusing on popular education-based trainings and organizing work to stop the school to prison pipeline. After leaving the non-profit world he made his way through a number of North Shore country clubs and later shifted gears and started culinary school at CUNY CityTech. In 2010 Alejandro opened Floresta and despite acclaim closed a year later. Currently, he is an adjunct lecturer in the Department of Hospitality Management at CUNY New York City College of Technology. Alejandro’s current instructional workload includes Culinary 1 and Introduction to Food and Beverage Management. He is pursuing a master’s degree in Labor Studies from the CUNY School of Professional Studies.