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We are a community of food industry specialists closing the gap between food producers and consumers.

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OUR JOURNEY

How we got started?

 March 2020

A History of Food Collaboration and Expertise

C4I founder Olivia Chessé spent 15 years collaborating with chefs and luxury food brands throughout France, Asia, and the US when her business was forced to close due to COVID-19.

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A Change of Course

Struck by the COVID-19 pandemic, Olivia created Chefs for Impact to inspire change in the food industry and cultivate a community of chefs and professionals committed to environmental and social impact.

March 2021

March 2022

Building Impact Through Community

Navigating shutdowns in the first year of operation, Chefs for Impact managed to interview over 50 chefs sharing inspiring stories during a difficult period for restaurants, and provide 20 classes and workshops to over 150 students, laying the foundation for a strong impact model. 

Scaling For The Future

After 2 years of operating, Chefs for Impact has expanded into 7 schools and community centers, reaching over 600 students, and we opened our first community garden with more on the horizon. Reach out to find out how you can be a part of scaling Chefs for Impact!

OUR VALUES

What we value most?

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Equity

Everyone can and should have the tools, access, and knowledge to participate in the sustainable food movement.

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Innovation

Complex problems require innovative solutions. We are constantly evolving our practices to conceive unique ways to integrate food and sustainability into our initiatives.

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Cultural Inclusion

We are mindful of the unique needs and preferences of different communities and tailor our education as such.

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Collaboration

Long lasting change requires teamwork. Working together is our best effort to achieve our goals and transform our food system.

Board of directors
Our Board

OUR PEOPLE

Our Board

Olivia Chessé

Founder & President Chefs for Impact
Founder Epicurean Nights

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Founder CEO Apricot

JP Chessé

JP Chessé

Treasurer Chefs for Impact
CEO Owner Bleu Capital

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Shila Wattamwar

Head of Organizational Integration, Morningstar

Pauline Lévêque

Illustrator

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Jenny Miller Dutton

Kristin Rapoport

Developer Wildflower farms

Our Industry Advisors

Zaid

Zaid Kurdieh

Norwich Meadows Farm Owner

Pascaline Lepeltier

Pascaline Lepeltier

MOF & Best Sommelier of France, 2018

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Tony Hillery

Founder & CEO at Harlem Grown

Our Team

Our Team
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Managing Director

Youth Programs Manager

Makani Kirwin

Marketing Director

Claudia Koch

Events Coordinator

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Gaia Asher

Garden Educator

Isabella Pardi

Media Intern

Eldad Eyimife

Media Intern

Kim Seodarsan

Intern

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Daven Asafo-Agyei

Intern

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