Our Chefs

Soup kitchen chefs prepare 1,000 meals for hungry New Yorkers every weekday

Every weekday, our team of soup kitchen chefs arrive bright and early at 6 AM to start preparing a delicious, healthy meal for approximately 1,000 hungry New Yorkers. From bringing in grocery deliveries, chopping meat and vegetables in the downstairs prep kitchen, heating and preparing the food for the line, and overseeing the daily lunch service, our kitchen team works hard to make sure all of our guests find nourishment for body and soul at the soup kitchen table.

Our small team of three is led by Head Chef Felipe Saint Martin, who started working in kitchens at seventeen, inspired by his grandmother’s legendary cooking and hospitality in his native Brazil. After traveling widely in Brazil, Europe, and the US working in some of the world’s best kitchens, including fine dining restaurants like Gramercy Tavern, Felipe joined us as at Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen, where he gets to share his lovingly prepared food with New York’s homeless and hungry.

“I am thankful to be able to nurture so many folks every day with wholesome, fresh ingredients and rescued food that otherwise would have been going to waste,” says Felipe. “I love my job.”