Princess of Pastries

Harlem EatUp! : Princess of Pastries

Born and raised in Harlem, New York, Pastry Chef Jada Baez grew up in the kitchen, helping her mother prepare dishes and developing an appreciation for lovingly made food. At 19 years old, she hosted her first Student Guest Chef event in college, where she planned the menu, trained the staff, and fed over 400 students. It was at that moment that Jada realized that she wanted to be a chef & business owner much more than she wanted to be a lawyer.

After getting kicked out of college & feeling hopeless, Jada picked herself up and put herself through culinary school, working for & learning from the same celebrity chefs she admired as a child. She graduated from the Pastry & Baking Arts program at the Institute of Culinary Education in May of 2018. At 21 years old, Jada officially launched her first baking and catering business, The Princess of Pastries, in September of 2018.

Lara Land

Harlem EatUp! : Lara Land

Lara Land is a yoga teacher, motivational speaker, life-coach and author. She works with individuals and corporations teaching yoga and leading programs on creating sustainable visions, stress reduction, team & personal production and accountability. Lara has traveled the world bringing yoga as healing to the neediest, most notably in India and Rwanda where she worked for months with HIV positive women and children. Lara is the owner of Land Yoga Arts and Wellness Center in Harlem which has provided fitness, spiritual awareness, and avenues for connection to the community since 2011. 

She is also the founder of nonprofit, Three and a Half Acres Yoga which provides yoga, breathing and mindfulness techniques to underserved communities in upper Manhattan to support individuals in recognizing their own power for positive change. Lara is the founder of SOULFest NYC a wellness festival which highlights diversity in fitness. Lara has been seen and heard on CBS, Fox5, SiriusXM, and recognized in the Wall Street Journal, Huffington Post, Daily News, Health Magazine, Apartment Therapy, and Yoga Journal. She just released My Bliss Book, an undated daily life purpose planner + online coaching program.