Anthony Morano

Co-founder, The Recipe Hunters

Anthony is a former JPMorgan analyst and healthcare tech entrepreneur. Prior to The Recipe Hunters, Anthony co-founded a healthcare tech startup called Huli in Costa Rica, where he built a company from two to 23 employees while learning Spanish along the way. Anthony played a pivotal role as the COO, but in June of 2014, he decided to make a change in his life to become a full-time recipe hunter. Having grown up in New York in an Italian-American household where family and delicious homemade dinners were the center of his household, it was inevitable that gastronomy would become a part of his life. As co-founder of The Recipe Hunters, Anthony heads all of the logistics, communication, accounting, strategy and marketing.

The Recipe Hunters travel around the world researching and documenting the traditional recipes and stories of locals who practice and maintain their culinary heritage, from soil to fork (or chopstick, or pita bread). Using food as their medium, they overcome barriers of religion, race, creed, and ethnicity to provide their audience with a natural, healthy and unique perspective on the ways that people live and eat in homes around the world.

During their time abroad, The Recipe Hunters volunteer on homesteads and small-scale, organic farms where they learn about the terroir and the region’s seasonal produce. They have harvested grapes on the Ribeira Sacra, made mozzarella in a farm whose owners play Mozart to their water buffalo, searched for percebes along the rocky coast of Galicia, fertilized date trees in an oasis with an ancient civilization of people, baked bread for a village with a great grandmother in Cyprus, harvested olives to make olive oil in Cyprus and Southern Italy, cultivated cabbage to make kimchi with grandmothers in Korea, made homemade tofu in Vietnam, and maqluba in Palestine.

Each and every volunteer experience is an opportunity to give back to the community where they are living and to partake in the day-to-day lifestyle of that culture. The Recipe Hunters work under the umbrella of the Culinary Heritage Corporation, a non-profit whose mission is to promote cultural pluralism and bring people together through food. In addition to the media produced, The Recipe Hunters hold cooking classes, pop-up dinners, assemblies, and interactive lectures where they share their experiences and knowledge.