Eric Horwitz, CEO / Founder
Eric founded LIFT Enrichment in 2010 because he wanted to help young kids develop their culinary skills so they could make healthy foods for friends and family for the rest of their lives. He has worked with kids for over 15 years and enjoys their energy and enthusiasm for learning new things. Eric studied abroad in Italy while at UCLA and discovered a passion for cooking.
Eric volunteers his time with Big Brothers, Big Sister and helping high school kids learn entrepreneurship through the NFTE program. He is a big fan of the Boy Scouts and was award the Eagle Scout badge. In his free time he enjoys camping, travelling, spending time with his dog Emmet, trying out new recipes and going to the movies.
Lisa Nadasdy, Program Manager
Lisa has worked in the after school enrichment arena for over 11 years. Lisa was inspired to join Eric at LIFT so that she can help to educate students to eat healthy and delicious food, all while learning valuable life skills at the same time.
A graduate of Cal Poly San Luis Obispo University, Lisa enjoys spending time outdoors playing tennis and pickleball, doing Pilates, cooking, and spending time with her family and friends.
Our Chef Teachers
Our Chef Teachers come from a variety of backgrounds, but they all have a passion for teaching and cooking!
Chef Altynai loves cooking for her family and joined the LIFT Enrichment team in 2017. She enjoys sharing her passion for healthy eating at her other job at Whole Foods. Her hobbies including hiking and travelling.
Chef Lynne is classically trained in the Culinary Arts, with an emphasis on local, organic, and sustainable dishes. She loves to be creative in the kitchen and aspires to increase her culinary skills to the next level. For her, kids represent the future and that's why she looks forward to teaching them healthy dishes each class.
Chef Yvette has over ten years of experience as an early childhood educator. Originally from Hawaii, she brings her "Aloha" spirit to the classroom and enjoys sharing her passion for culinary arts with kids.
Chef Ruben is from East Los Angeles. Both of his parents influenced his love of cooking. His favorite cuisine is Asian, specifically Japanese because of the combination of flavors mixing in harmony. In his spare time, he attends food festivals and likes to experiment with recipes and ingredients. He enjoys working with kids because of their eagerness to learn and to make them more open minded about food.
Chef Susan is originally from southern California and recently moved back after leaving to raise her children in beautiful Santa Fe, New Mexico. She grew up learning to cook and bake with her mother and grandmother. She loves her pup and can frequently be found enjoying walks with him at the dog beach. Baking and decorating cakes is her specialty, but she enjoys learning any new techniques and skills in the kitchen. She loves working at Lift Enrichment, combining two of her favorite things: cooking and working with kids.
Chef Nathalia is from Brazil and she has been in Los Angeles for over 5 years. Her Mom and Grandma taught her to cook at a young age. She is passionate about Latin cuisine and spices. In her spare time, she likes to travel, going to the beach and cooking for family and friends. She enjoys working with kids because of the opportunity to teach them skills that will remain with for years to come.
Chef Olga is from El Monte. She learned to cook at the young age of 7 and continued her training at Le Cordon Bleu, graduating in 2015. She spends her spare time with her son at the park or baking. Teaching kids makes her happy because of the difference you make in their lives and the joy you witness when they achieve their goals.
Testimonials from our staff
"Keep enriching our younger generation with life essential skills of cooking. Thank you guys for what you do and thank you for giving us the opportunity to work with kids and teach them how to cook." - Altynai
"I love my job!" - Lynne
"I'm happy to be part of this company and that it continues to grow." - Jasmine
Join our team! Apply with the "Work With Us" link on our website