Bio's

Sean Brennan-Founder/Executive Director

Sean Brennan was a fourth-generation restaurateur, Sean began his career as a host in his family's restaurant at the tender age of...three, and has performed virtually every role in a restaurant imaginable--from dishwasher to all forms of front-of house management. In the late 90's Sean created MSB Creative Restaurant Consulting taking on an occasional client, while continuing to manage both dining room and kitchen operations for many successful restaurant and hotel brands. He has dedicated his life to his passion for amazing food and gracious service. In 2010 after being diagnosed with clinical depression and later re-diagnosed with bipolar, he altered the course of his life by incorporating his earlier two passions into developing his idea for a nonprofit called Brain Food Garden Project. He believes that BFGP will start a necessary dialogue on how the role of food effects psychological health. He takes classes with Farm School NYC. And in October 2016 graduated from The Howie T. Harp Advocacy Center becoming a Mental Health Peer Advocate. While working toward his goals to make Brain Food Garden Project a completely peer managed and operated non profit organization, Sean speaks publicly about a wide range of mental health and peer related topics. He has addressed psychiatric fellows at Columbia University, addressed NYS Congressional leadership, and was named Spectrum NY1's May 2017 Queens Person of the Week. Sean has also recently been able to expand his reach globally by being one of a series of "dream doers" from across the world lending his voice to the United Nations recognized World Dream Day. Sean developed a successful gardening program for residents of ACMH an affordable housing program for peers living with mental health concerns in Queens, NY allowing him to further develop the concepts for the Brain Food Garden Project model, and continuing to spread his message of gardening and clean eating as viable and important wellness tools for recovery.