Jeffrey Zurofsky

Jeffrey Zurofsky: Culinary Program Director for Newport Academy


Jeffrey Zurofsky

Meal as Medicine

Jeffrey Zurofsky leads Newport Academy’s innovative culinary program, based on the belief that learning how we grow and make our food can have a powerful healing effect and create a lasting positive impact on our lives. Combining nutritional knowledge with culinary expertise, Jeffrey ensures that Newport Academy offers the finest, freshest, most wholesome meals, as well as the shared experience of enjoying them as a community.

Culinary Excellence

Jeffrey Zurofsky is the founder and CEO of No Small Plans, LLC, and the co-founder and former president and CEO of ’wichcraft, Riverpark, and Riverpark Farm. In 2003, he partnered with chefs Tom Colicchio and Sisha Ortúzar to co-found ’wichcraft and spearheaded its expansion to 15 stores, including locations in San Francisco and Las Vegas. In 2009, the partnership opened Riverpark, a fine dining restaurant, and the innovative Riverpark Farm, New York’s most urban farm, located adjacent to the restaurant.

Prior to the founding of ’wichcraft, Jeffrey worked in some of Manhattan’s most prestigious kitchens, including Lespinasse, Savoy, Union Square, and as opening sous chef at Restaurant AZ. He also fed his entrepreneurial passion as director of business development at the tech startup Bank Pass and then as director of operations and CFO at Francois Payard Patisserie and Bistro. He recently appeared as a co-host on Bravo’s Best New Restaurant.

Newport Academy…in his own words

“Being part of Newport Academy has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. I have learned so much and been so inspired by the staff, the residents, and the programs.” —Jeffrey Zurofsky


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  • Grande Diplome, French Culinary Institute, New York, New York

Select Achievements

  • Board member of Grow NYC
  • 30th-anniversary honoree, Yorkville Common Pantry
  • Municipal Arts Society Livable City Award
  • Food Truck Nation Board Advisor, Expo Milan
  • Outstanding Alumni recognition from the International Culinary Center in 2011

Newport Academy Featured Press

Clean Plate


7 Steps to Eating More Mindfully


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Growing Food Is Part of the Program at This Teen Mental Health Facility

The New Food Economy

Culinary medicine’s next wave: How therapists
are using the rituals of eating to treat victims of trauma