Sharon Lebewohl is a restaurateur, lecturer, food consultant, cookbook author, co-host of a recently released cooking DVD, and a guest instructor at The Institute of Culinary Education and New York's Jewish community Center. She is daughter of Abe Lebewohl, the legendary restaurant entrepreneur and founder of the world-famed Second Avenue Deli.


Born in the late 1950s to a Jewish American family, Lebewohl attended the East Side Hebrew Institute on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. Lebewohl grew up at the Second Avenue Deli doing homework after school at one of the restaurant's tables . The restaurant was founded by her father, from whom she learned the business "from the ground up". At the same time, Lebewohl attended college and educated and trained as a registered nurse. Lebewohl is a mother of three and has several grandchildren.


A 2001 graduate of the French Culinary Institute, Lebewohl is a culinary educator and lecturer around the U.S., and appears frequently on television. For ten years, following the murder of her father, Lebewohl managed the 2nd Ave Deli along with her father's brother, Jack Lebewohl. Lebewohl co-authored the "2nd Ave Deli Cookbook", written as tribute to her father's memory. In 2007, she produced her first DVD, A Sabbath Meal, cooking along with actor Mike Burstyn. Lebewohl also began serving on the executive committee of the Hazon International Food Conference. In 2007 she forged a relationship with The American Jewish Historical Society. She is currently working on her next book and lives in New York City and Miami Beach.

Television Appearances

  • NBC-TV's The Today Show
  • Martha Stewart on From Martha's Kitchen
  • The Tony Danza show
  • Food Nation with Bobby Flay on the TV Food Network
  • David Rosenzweig on In Food Today
  • Guest appearances on national PBS-TV programs
  • Numerous local TV and radio shows


  • Sharon Lebewohl; Rena Bulkin; Second Avenue Deli. The 2nd Ave Deli cookbook : recipes and memories from Abe Lebewohl's legendary New York kitchen. New York : Villard, 1999.
  • "A Sabbath Meal": In the Kitchen with Sharon Lebewohl and Mike Burstyn, 2007 (DVD).