Our Team

New York based photographer Alan Batt, commonly known as Battman, has been working as a photographer in the city since 1981. His career began with a greeting card company, which lasted twenty-five years. His cards showcased the beautiful cities of New York, San Francisco & Washington DC. During this time, for a period of about ten years, he was the lead photographer for Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. For fifteen years, Battman also had a permanent exhibition in The Empire State Building spanning the entire 80th floor. Among his clients were the Virgin Island Tourist Board, NYC Tourist Board, Bustelo Coffee and The Empire State Building.
Passionate about giving back to the city he loves so dearly, Battman photographed and published the beloved NYC Firefighters calendar from 1996-2020, raising $600,000 for charities including the Staten Island University Burn Center. After switching to food photography in 2001, he continued his charitable efforts in the food world. In 2004, he founded the Great Gathering of Chefs, an annual event that hosts about 150 chefs to raise money for various children’s charities across NYC. This popular event quickly became the largest gathering of chefs for a non-awards event in the world. Battman also runs a free Line Cook Course to train and place unemployed New Yorkers in some of the best restaurants in the city.
Despite not considering himself a “foodie,” Battman has photographed and self-published twenty-eight cookbooks and worked with over 700 chefs from around the world, most notably Daniel Boulud, Eric Ripert, David Burke, Joel Robuchon, Michael White, Charlie Palmer and Andrew Carmellini. His most recent project is SAVOR/ TOQUES IN BLACK, a cookbook highlighting 101 Black Chefs from around the country with recipes photos & stories about their experiences growing up and what led them to food. It was a two-year project for which Battman travelled all across the country to meet and interview some of the countries most talented chefs. He considers it the highlight of his career thus far.
Feel free to contact Battman at thechefsconnection@gmail.com with an inquiries for photo shoots, book ideas, etc.

Since graduating college from Wesleyan University in 2018, Lu has worked as a marketing manager for small food businesses and gained food industry experience working at Union Square Hospitality Group’s restaurants, Manhatta and Gramercy Tavern. In addition to her passion for food, in her free time, Lu works on a photography project she founded in 2013 called The Family Portrait project where she teams up with local non-profits who introduce her to families. From there, Lu takes portraits of families and raises funds to deliver professionally mounted prints to them at no cost. She recently enrolled in NYU’s Food Studies Master’s program and is choosing to focus on food health and wellness as well as media and marketing. She’s excited to use her love of food and photography as part of the marketing team at the Chef’s Connection.

Sarah Strong is a New York City based food writer interested in restaurants, recipes and pop culture. She studied physics at Yale before earning her master’s degree in food studies at New York University. Sarah has worked for Food & Wine Magazine, Downtown Magazine, Heritage Radio Network and Beyondish. When she’s not reading or writing about food, you can find her sneaker shopping, binge watching television or at the archery range.

Yasmin Alishav is a photographer, chef and food stylist.
She has been a board member of ASMP local chapters for 7+ years and served as President of the Los Angeles Chapter for 2.
Her curatorial capability has afforded her the opportunity to organize exhibitions for Month of Photography Los Angeles, ASMP and Photo LA.
A graduate of both Art Center College of Design and Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts Los Angeles, she changes hats constantly.

Zoe is a first year Food Studies Master’s candidate at NYU. She grew up in New Jersey and completed her Bachelor’s degree in Scotland, at the University of St Andrews. Following her undergraduate graduation in 2019, she attended the Ballymaloe Cookery School in Ireland. This inspired her to pursue a Master’s in Food Studies, and start her career in the food world.

Chef Jolli isn’t your typical culinary guru, food aficionado or other crafty and trendy term used to describe most chefs these days. She has such a diverse background it would make most people’s heads spin!

To sum her up in a few words, she’s a Sassy Brainy Brawny Go Getter! Chef Jolli is a highly skilled and ardent food and beverage curator. She is a professionally trained chef, bartender and barista known for dazzling her clients’ taste buds by channeling her multi-cultural roots and complex flavor profiles.

While sifting through her extensive resume, you’ll find a few of Chef Jolli’s notable accomplishments include leading her culinary school competition team to win a People’s Choice Award, assisting award-winning celebrity chefs at various food festivals, providing pastry chef services to a Food Network Chopped Champion, completing her culinary internship at The Hotel Hershey, working for “Cake Boss”, hosting a segment on ABC’s “The Chew” and serving as the Culinary Chair for the American Cancer Society’s Taste of Hope NJ.

She has a B.S. in Criminal Justice from VCU, a Certificate in Baking & Pastry Arts certificate from HCCC, an A.S. in Culinary Arts Management from Miami Culinary Institute and is currently pursuing her M.A in Food Studies at NYU. She volunteers annually as a Culinary Lead at the New York City Wine & Food Festival (NYCWFF), the Food Film Festival and at the South Beach Wine & Food Festival (SOBEWFF) whenever possible.

In the daylight hours, she puts her undergraduate degree to use by being an exceptionally talented corporate paralegal. By night she’s an entrepreneur, graduate student, masterful chef, curious cocktail crafter and an aspiring award-winning food media mogul. She hopes to invade as many viewing screens as possible in the very near future.

In the meantime, you can keep up and stay in touch with Chef Jolli via…

Facebook: Chef Jolli
Instagram/Twitter/SnapChat/Tik Tok: @chefjolli
LinkedIn: Jolaade A.O. Aboaba (Chef Jolli)