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From left to Right: Meals Jonakit, Peter Szakacs, Cheryl Paswater, and Nadia Eran


Cheryl Paswater,  Chief Fermentationist & CEO

Cheryl is the Chief Fermentationist and CEO of Contraband Ferments as well as a Educator, Health Coach, Artist, Beekeeper, and Writer.She contributes as a writer for Edible Brooklyn, has guest co-hosted on the radio show “Fuhmentaboudit!” (on Heritage Food Radio Network), Co-Organizes the NYC Fermentation Festival, and is a Organizer of the NYC Ferments Meetup. She is currently working on her first book and teaches workshops and at festivals both regionally and internationally.  She lives in Brooklyn, NY with all of her cultures as pets (aka: bacteria, yeast, and mold).     


Nadia Eran, Chief Operational Officer                                                                                                              

Amelia "Meals" Jonakit, Unicorn Whisperer

Peter Szakacs, Intern