Farmer chef carrying box of produce

WHO WE ARE

OUR STORY

Chefs for Impact is a NYC based 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that was founded by Olivia Chessé in March 2020 during the Covid-19 pandemic to inspire change.

OUR VISION

 

Chefs for Impact envisions a world in which our food decisions have a positive impact on our planet and on everyone's health, tastebuds, and life.

WHY?

 

Because the current food system is dysfunctional and a rapid change in consumption behavior is deemed necessary to avoid catastrophe. 

 
 

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Olivia Chessé

Founder & President

Olivia Chessé

Passionate about gastronomy, Olivia has always been surrounded by leading Chefs and luxury food brands in France and Asia where she spent several years managing exceptional projects and prestigious events. She arrived in NYC in 2014 and launched Epicurean Nights, a multi-sensorial dining concept to explore of a new perception of taste by blurring the lines between the culinary and the immersive experience. In 2020, she founded Chefs for Impact during Covid-19 pandemic to inspire consciousness.

COLLABORATORS & VOLUNTEERS

Victoria

Chef Advisor

Victoria Blamey

Chilean native, Victoria has worked in Michelin starred kitchens all over the world, ranging from Europe to Australia and finally the U.S. The world has always been her playground and she has developed a culinary style that reflects her journey as a global citizen Chef. Victoria aims to reinvent the restaurant industry while committing to a more inclusive model.

COLLABORATORS & VOLUNTEERS

Zaid Kurdieh

Farmer Advisor

Zaid Kurdieh

Zaid was born in LA but grew up in the Middle East. Passionate about agriculture, he always knew he wanted to become a farmer. Today, Zaid and his wife Haifa run Norwich meadows farm, an organic farm that doesn’t use chemical pesticides at all. The farm encompasses 250 acres and grows over 1,300 varieties of produce. Quickly spotted by the greatest chefs in New York City for the quality, diversity, and taste of its produce, Zaid's farm has been very popular with the City's finest restaurants such as Blue Hill or Eleven Madison.

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pascaline-lepeltier

Sommelier Advisor

Pascaline Lepeltier

Pascaline, who's originally from Loire Valley, is passionate about sustainable agriculture, hospitality, and organic, biodynamic. and natural wines. She is a Master Sommelier and Managing Partner at Racines NY. Amongst multiple prestigious awards, she won the titles of 'Meilleur Ouvrier de France' and 'Best Sommelier de France' in 2018.

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Pauline Lévêque

Advisor

Pauline Lévêque

Pauline is a French illustrator, author and freelance journalist. She is at the board of Doctors of the world, an international health and human rights organization. She lives in Manhattan with her husband and their two children.

COLLABORATORS & VOLUNTEERS

Deshi Singh

Treasurer

Deshi Singh

With an understanding of Ayurvedic food science, Deshi has long been passionate about mindful food education and sustainability. After a successful career in finance, she helped launch Indie Fresh, a healthy, chef-prepared food company based in NYC. Through philanthropy and impact investing, she supports various initiatives in education, sustainability, and advocacy for women and children. She's currently the President of the Singh Foundation and an Advisor for the Asia Foundation’s Lotus Circle.

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Adriana Marianella

Secretary

Adriana Marianella

Adriana is VP of Brand Development & Experiential for Standard International. As the company’s resident intrapreneur, she has a history of developing and leading innovative internal businesses, producing notable revenue and expanding brand equity. Befitting her start as Chief of Staff to André Balazs, she has earned a reputation for creating playfully atmospheric hospitality experiences. A longstanding UNICEF NextGen board member, she most recently established UNICEF NextGen in Thailand.

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Kristin Rapoport

Advisor

Kristin Rapoport

Kristin is the developer of Wildflower Farms, a sustainability-forward farm, restaurant, and hotel in the Hudson Valley. Previously, Kristin served as SVP at Fortress Investment Group where she ran the oil and gas investment team. Kristin also spent 8 years at Morgan Stanley in institutional securities. She graduated cum laude from Columbia University.  Kristin brings her calling to further purposeful hospitality to Chef's for Impact.

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Philippe Cassous

Advisor

Philippe Cassous

Philippe is an investor and serial entrepreneur. Over the course of the past 30 years, he has built and managed multi-million dollar businesses, applying his strategy, operations and marketing expertise in industries as varied as wine and spirits, equipment rental, and technology. Passionate about art, literature and wine, Philippe brings his expertise to further the mission and goals of Chefs for Impact.

COLLABORATORS & VOLUNTEERS

Philippe Audier

Advisor

Philippe Audier

After ten years at Unilever developing marketing in Food, Philippe decided to create a new kind of business. His company FRENCHEFS facilitates chefs’ collaboration. To create the best partnerships for events, private dinners, food festivals or brands, Philippe is actively seeking for the best talents, the most inspiring profiles and the new generation of chefs all around the world.

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MEET OUR OUTSTANDING TEAM

As a nonprofit, volunteers are an integral part of meeting our mission.

We deeply value the passion and energy that each one of them brings to Chefs for Impact.