Meet The Team


Coqui the Chef

Chef Extraordinaire

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Coqui the Chef is a fun-loving frog who dons his white chef hat with the intent of promoting healthy eating for children and their families.


Tania Lopez


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Tania Lopez is the founder of social enterprise Coqui the Chef. She is a chef and a food handler instructor, a health educator, and an amateur puppeteer.


Chris Ackerman

Health Educator/Chef


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Christopher Ackerman, MPH, CHES is originally from Cleveland, Ohio. He moved to New York City in 2006 to expand his culinary horizons.

Masters recipient from Rutgers School of Public Health.


Miguel X. Diaz-Lopez

Project Assistant 


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Miguel Diaz is on track to get his PhD at Johns Hopkins in aerospace engineering. He is currently working on 3D prints for Coqui the Chef and sending him to the moon. 


RS Luciano

Graphic Designer


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RS Luciano's goal is to help people realize their visions and make it 100% better!

What People Say About Us

Fiorella Meija,
Parent Coordinator for the Bronx PS 335
The Academy of Arts

“We invited Coqui the Chef to come and host a Parent & Cooking Workshop. The workshop was a HIT! Parents were grateful for being able to have the time to sit down with their kids and get a cooking lesson with their children”

Alane Celeste-Villalvir,
City Harvest

"City Harvest had the pleasure of working with Coqui the Chef on an event bringing fresh produce to low-income area in New York City”

Jessica Rivera,
Special Education Teacher

The students were a mixed of general education and students with special needs. Your organization, preparation, and visual handouts made the facilitation of the cooking classes easy and accessible.  The students were able to follow along with your step by step directions to complete the recipes and experience new and tasty foods.  You always stressed the importance of cleanliness ad food safety during each lesson. At the end of each lesson, you gave the students important diet and health facts related to their recipe. They looked forward to each workshop. 

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