Meet Woldy Reyes
Woldy Reyes, a college graduate decided to move to New York City to pursue a career in fashion. Reyes worked in the editorial departments of Elle and Nylon magazines and for designer Phillip Lim. After six years in the fashion industry, he longed to make a career change to pursue his passion as a chef dedicating himself in the ethos of local and seasonal eating. Starting small, Woldy catered for his fellow fashion colleagues, which led to starting Woldy Kusina, a boutique catering company that has been featured in goop and New York Magazine as one of New York top caterers.
Most recently, he’s been exploring and modernizing his approach to Filipino cuisine which has been featured in the New York Times and the TODAY show. As the son of two Filipino immigrants Woldy learned and was inspirited by his family, especially his Lola (grandmother) and father. Woldy’s father taught him the importance of foraging, bringing him to local farms, to find the freshest Californian ingredients. While his grandmother, Dominga imparted on him the love of preparing a dish and the narrative in all Filipino cuisine. He has shared his new approach of Filipino food at a community lunch at Pioneer Works and hopes to continue to share his food culture.
Woldy Kusina was founded in 2016 and is based in Brooklyn, New York.
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