Director of Special Projects, Eli's Cheesecake
Elana Schulman was born and raised in Chicago, less than two miles away from GCM Lincoln Park and attended Francis Parker School right down the street. After receiving a film degree from Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York, she moved to Brooklyn and worked as a video producer at Condé Nast and then MUNCHIES, VICE Media's food site.
During her tenure at VICE, Elana made food content exclusively and was able to work with some of the best chefs and culinary minds in the world. In 2016, she received a James Beard Award for her work on an episode of the MUNCHIES' web series The Sushi Chef. In 2019, she moved back to Chicago to join her family business, Eli's Cheesecake, where she is proud to represent the third generation. Elana is also a graduate of Ireland's Ballymaloe Cookery School, where she learned all about farm-to-table cuisine, the importance of zero-waste cooking, and ate her weight in butter.