OUR TEAM

Owner/Founder

ALLEN BARI

Allen was born in Jersey City, raised in West Orange and educated in New Brunswick. He’s been a Hoboken resident for over a decade.

But don’t let his modest Jersey roots fool you; he spent the past ten years traveling the world as a professional poker player, a career that culminated with a World Series of Poker bracelet and an experience that ignited his interest in food.

As someone who’s always followed his passion – he left a career on Wall Street to pursue poker – Allen acted on his latest entrepreneurial instinct by enrolling in the French Culinary Institute and founding Hudson Table to address a void in the market. He hopes to build a business that educates people on all things food while serving as an alternative form of recreation in a thriving community of young professionals and growing families.

Owner/Social Media Manager

ALLISON BARI

Allison helps oversee day-to-day operations of the space, whether it’s hosting an event or class, snapping photos for our social media pages, or helping with the overall decor of the space. With her eye for detail and keeping the staff and patrons smiling, she has her hand in a little bit of everything at Hudson Table.

Always having a passion for cooking, and food, she and her husband, owner Allen, took numerous cooking classes prompting her to urge him with the idea to open Hudson Table in Hoboken.
Originally from West Orange, now a Hoboken resident for 6 years, she balances her time between a career in hair styling and helping to building the brand of Hudson Table.
Chef Instructor

JOSE GAONA

Jose Gaona started cooking at 6 years old and has an infinite passion for Gastronomy. Born and raised in Colombia, his passion drove him to move to Peru to study at Le Cordon Bleu, where he also discovered that he has a good palate for wine. Being both Sommelier and Chef, Jose had the opportunity of working in the most diverse restaurants around the Americas, from running kitchens for Le Cordon Bleu in Peru, teaching Distilled Drink seminars in Argentina and Chile, opening a fast food Mediterranean concept in Colombia to working for Jean-Georges in his restaurants in Philadelphia and The Hamptons. At Hudson Table, he takes care of our guests as Site Manager for our Brooklyn location and Lead Chef for our Hands On and Private Classes or Catered Events.

Beverage Director

ANNA ZUCK DOWNS

Anna was born and raised in Toronto, Canada and spent much of her early career in the travel industry living in places like Hong Kong and South Africa, planning international travel programs, and eating her way around the world. Landing in New York in 2014, she spent 6 years in the wine industry before joining the team at Hudson Table. You can find her sourcing exciting new wines from wine regions across the globe, managing private and corporate events in Brooklyn, Hoboken and Stamford, and sharing her passion for food and beverage with our staff and guests across all of our locations!

Chef Instructor / Head of Kids Programs

SARA KARTZMER FRY

Chef Sara Kartzmer Fry, a Hoboken resident, is a health supportive chef (with a sweet tooth!) Sara knew from an early age that she wanted to be a chef and has never looked back. She graduated from the Natural Gourmet Institute and shares her passion for wholesome cooking with children and adults, as a personal chef, chef instructor, and educator. Sara has a special interest in farm-to-table food preparation, and spent six months at Katchkie Farms in upstate New York, showing children the joys of cooking with seasonal ingredients. She is currently employed as a chef instructor for Wellness in the Schools, a non-profit organization serving NYC Public schools. To learn more about Sara’s personal cheffing business, visit saraswholesomekitchen.com

Chef Instructor

GUILLERMO MEJIA

Born and raised in Mexico City, Chef Guillermo found his passion for cooking when he was 18 years old; his first culinary experience was in Jaso Restaurant in the hip neighbourhood of Polanco. Upon graduating in 2010 with a degree in Culinary Arts, he decided to move to New Jersey and work in some of the most prestigious restaurants in New York City including Cafe Altro Paradiso, Morimoto and Simon and the Whale. At Hudson Table, Chef Guillermo brings his vast culinary experience to share with his guests at hands-on classes, as well as his very own interpretation of Contemporary Mexican Cuisine to his Chef Tables and private events.

MELISSA GHELANI

Melissa Ghelani is a classically trained chef with over 10 years of teaching experience. Her hands on classes are always a good time, and she’s always up for a battle in a chef competition. When she’s not teaching at Hudson Table, Melissa works with NYC non profits and other culinary consulting. Melissa, her husband Niket and lil dog Penny call Bayonne home

Chef Instructor

SAM LANDWEHR

Chef Sam Landwehr’s culinary journey began at home, learning her craft by cooking meals for her Baltimore family at just twelve years old. Chef Sam’s joy of sharing food and the love of cooking continues to be her guiding philosophy. After graduating top of her class from the Culinary Institute of America, she moved to New York City working as a restaurant and bar manager at the Marriott Marquis – Times Square. Since 2020, Chef Sam has returned to the kitchen as Chef Instructor at Hudson Table where she teaches hands-on cooking classes and creates custom menus for private events and services.

'' Hudson Table was conceived with the local community in mind and a philosophy built around inspiring the inner-chef in all of us. Our charming culinary studio serves to foster an inviting and memorable experience shaped by an ongoing feedback loop between our team and our customers. We hope to see you in the kitchen! ''

- ALLEN BARI