ROB HANDEL

chef, forager, teacher

I’ve had a passion since childhood to create. Farm-to-table long before it was a buzzword. Creating everything from soaps and textiles to meals designed around locally sourced and foraged foods.

I am currently the executive chef at The Bees Knees Cafe, a farm to table cafe located on Heather Ridge Farm, an Animal Welfare Approved farm that raises grass fed and pastured meats, poultry, eggs, and honey. We're available to cater private events and curated dinner parties using locally-resourced, seasonal foods. Special consideration is taken for gluten free and paleo diets, vegetarian meals may be prepared by request. 

In addition to weekly brunch and lunch offerings, we organize a monthly "Supper Club" at the farm. This is a five or six course tasting dinner crafted with our own meats and complemented by locally grown and foraged produce, herbs, and flavors. I also teach monthly cooking classes that aim to provide a technique based approach to cooking that is accessible to cooks of all skill levels. For more information about the tasting dinners and cooking classes, please visit the Heather Ridge Farm website HERE

Please take a moment to review a sampling of my work on these pages.

Rob Handel

chef, forager, teacher


I’ve had a passion since childhood to create. Farm-to-table was a way of life before it was a buzzword. As a child growing up in the Catskill Mountains I learned to entertain myself by doing and creating using whatever was at my disposal, from wildcrafted maple syrup taps made out of staghorn sumac branches to rosehip tea. This sense of wonder at the world around us and the potential it has to enhance our lives is what drives me, and what I strive to bring to those who partake in the meals I create.

I am currently chef at fin-your fishmonger in Guilderland, NY. There I blend classic favorites with innovative concepts to create unique offerings with the freshest sustainable seafood available. In addition to our a la carte eat-in/take-out menu we off "Blue Apron" style meals that you finish at home, and a wide range of fresh fin-fish and shellfish including a host of East and West Coast oysters, head on shrimp, and other items that simply cannot be found in grocery stores.

Please take a moment to review a sampling of my work on these pages, or via the social media links below