Founder and CEO, Wholesome Wave
Michel Nischan is a chef, founder and CEO of Wholesome Wave, and co-founder of the James Beard Foundation’s Chefs Action Network. A founding partner in the former Dressing Room restaurant, he helped secure $100 million in federal Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive grants to expand affordable access to locally grown fruits and vegetables. Nischan authored three cookbooks on sustainable food systems and social equity through food. A lifetime Ashoka fellow, he serves on the Jacques Pepin Foundation board and advisory boards of Chef’s Collaborative, Modern Farmer, TerraVia, Good Food Media Network, National Young Farmers Coalition, and National Farm to School Network. With four James Beard Awards, Nischan was the 2015 James Beard Foundation Humanitarian of the Year.