Journalist and native of Brazil, Fernanda Capobianco previously managed and owned The Payard Restaurant and Pastry shops in Rio de Janeiro. Fernanda developed unique recipes for delicious pastries and mousses free of eggs and sugar. Instead, Fernanda opted to use healthier all-natural organic & fresh ingredients: Exotic fruits such as passion fruit, açai, and cupuaçu. Soon Fernanda expanded her knowledge and expertise into creating hearty and healthy all-vegan sandwiches.
When she moved to NY in 2009, Capobianco became an active board member of New York Coalition of Healthy School Foods, a statewide non-profit organization that delivers healthy meals to the students at the NYC public schools. Going frequently to the schools where chicken nuggets and burgers were served in the daily basis to the kids.
In 2012 Capobianco founded Vegan Divas, an upscale vegan, animal free, non-cholesterol, organic, kosher and parve, low calories and delicious line of baked goods and desserts. She had a clear goal from the beginning: "It has been my dream to create gourmet pastries with the quality, taste and presentation similar to those offered by the best gourmet bakeries but as healthy baked goods,” she said. "These days you don't need to be hippie to be healthy anymore!", Fernanda affirmed.
She caters to the Clinton Family and The Clinton Foundation and recently made the cakes for Anne Hatthaway at the set of the movie "The Intern". Fernanda serves top celebrities as Madonna, Susan Sarandon, the Rolling Stones and has a high profile clientele in East and West Coast.
The products are available in the best grocery stores in the US as Whole Foods markets, Dean & Deluca and are also shipped across the Country through the E-commerce website.
Fernanda has a monthly Column at IsweetMagazine from Paco Torreblanca is also a proud contributer of David Lynch Foundation where she follows the practice of Transcendental Meditation.
Capobianco is an author and launched The Vegan Divas Cookbook through Harpers Collins Publisher.
Fernanda worked with the 100 best pastry chefs in the World at the Relais Dessert and has traveled the World with the group.
She hosts philanthropic events in New York and the Hamptons and works and participated in Food and Wine Festivals across the World.
Fernanda hosted the 100 best chefs in the World in New York with the chef Francois Payard.
She lectured at The New York International Chocolate Show, The Seed, Columbia University and has publications at the New York Times, New York Post, Vogue Magazine and various print and tv publications.
Fernanda was recently invited to her most exciting project. She is currently opening a vegan cafe with LivePerson and center to teach the Brownsville community about health, wellness and focus on entrepreneurship. Brownsville is one of the most dangerous neighborhoods in New York.