In a former life, Johnisha Levi was a practicing attorney, but ultimately, she couldn’t deny her love for cooking. She is a trained pastry cook who has catered and worked in settings as varied as a farmstand bakery, a specialty food market, and a seasonally/locally focused restaurant. Recipe testing is one of her hobbies: she is currently a  tester for Leite’s Culinaria, and has also tested recipes for baker/cookbook author Peter Reinhart and as a former intern at America’s Test Kitchen. An admitted culinary nerd and cookbook collector, she likes learning the origins of dishes and the traditions behind them.

When she moved to Boston from the D.C. area, she started researching multi-generational communities of African American New Englanders and their culinary and agriculture contributions to the region. As the African Heritage & Health Program Manager, she enjoys engaging with A Taste of African Heritage teachers and helping them in their mission to educate their communities about both the cultural significance and health benefits of African heritage foods.

Johnisha has a B.A. in American Literature & Language from Harvard College, a J.D. from New York University School of Law, and an A.A.S. in Baking & Pastry Arts from Johnson & Wales University. 

Contact Johnisha Levi at 617-896-4801