Chef, Author and Food Equity Advocate; Founder & CEO, Wholesome Wave

Michel Nischan is a three-time James Beard Award winning chef with over 30 years of leadership advocating for a more healthful, sustainable food system. He is Founder and CEO of Wholesome Wave, Co-Founder of the Chefs Action Network, as well as Founder and Partner with the late actor Paul Newman of the former Dressing Room Restaurant. Nischan was instrumental in securing $100M for Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive (FINI) grants in the current Federal Farm Bill, expanding affordable access to healthy, locally grown fruits and vegetables. He’s also the author of three cookbooks focused on sustainable food systems and social equity through food. A lifetime Ashoka fellow, he serves on the board of the Amazon Conservation Team and on the advisory board of The National Young Farmers Coalition. The James Beard Foundation honored Nischan as the 2015 Humanitarian of The Year.

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