About Chef Jasper
Born in the Philippines and raised in American Samoa, Jasper Alivia did not initially plan for his life to be so intertwined with food and restaurants. He moved to Philadelphia to attend Saint Joseph’s University where he received his B.A. in Economics. Quickly he realized that cooking was his calling and soon left a promising job in finance to work in restaurants in Philadelphia. He later moved to New York City to attend the French Culinary Institute, and put in work and training at some of the highest rated restaurants in town, including Savoy and Park Avalon.
Now calling the Catskills home, his hope as the Executive Chef of Bethel Woods Center for the Arts is to provide high-quality food to complement the Center’s variety of programs, and to source ingredients locally, highlighting regional cuisine with global influences.