Meet Selfup New York Chefs

Meet Selfup chefs | Danny Ballester

Danny Ballester

Danny Ballester is a New York native who has over 10 years of chef experience running four restaurants in the Manhattan. He has mastered his skills in several ethnic cuisines - including classic French, Italian, Asian, Mexican, Caribbean, and Mediterranean. Check out his cooking classes and book a class with him. Danny is Well-versed in propelling culinary excellence within prestigious restaurants and driving outstanding dining experiences while consistently surpassing guest and management expectations and adhering to any necessary dietary restrictions. Check out his cooking classes and book a class with him.




Chef RoyalTee is a creative and professionally trained chef with more than 10 years of experience in the culinary industry. The combination of an early love for the kitchen and several years of honing her skills through education and experience allow her the ability to create delectable menus utilizing many techniques and styles of cuisine. Chef Tee sincerely believes that all art, but specifically the art of cooking (and of course eating!), brings folks together in a truly unique and memorable way. She looks forward to sharing her love of food and connecting with each and every Self Up guest!



Alexandra BorgiaAlexandra Borgia

As a highly experienced chef instructor, Alexandra brings a wealth of culinary knowledge and expertise. With two prestigious culinary degrees from accredited institutions, she has dedicated over three decades to the culinary arts. Her journey in this field has been diverse, encompassing various roles such as restaurants, private cooking, and culinary consulting. These experiences have shaped her passion for cooking, which remains as strong as ever. She is deeply committed to sharing her culinary insights and skills with others, so she pursued certification with New York State CTE (Career and Technical Education). She looks forward to sharing her expertise and helping others embark on culinary adventures.



Paige ReinisChef Paige

Chef Paige found her way into the professional kitchen in 2015 after working for nearly two decades in the film & theater industry. A California native, she fell in love with culinary education at COOK! in the Bay Area in 2018, specializing in teaching kids of 8-18 years to feel more confident in the kitchen. She is an alumna of the Institute of Culinary Education and former Head Chef at Mainhouse BBQ & Dromedary Tiki Bar. Today Chef Paige is thrilled to be teaching at Selfup, while also bringing her private chef and catering expertise to various culinary ventures that inspire folks to have a better relationship with cooking.