Chef, Author and Food Equity Advocate
Founder & CEO, Wholesome Wave
Michel Nischan is a three-time James Beard Foundation award winning chef with over 30 years of leadership experience 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. He and his Wholesome Wave team were successful at influencing legislative language for the recently passed Federal Farm Bill, supporting affordable access to healthy, locally grown fruits and vegetables for low income consumers. He's also the author of three cookbooks and a variety of articles 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 The National Young Farmers Coalition. Just this spring, Nischan was named James Beard Foundation’s 2015 Humanitarian of The Year.
To learn more about Chef Nischan, follow him on Facebook and/or visit: http://www.chefnischan.com
To learn more about Wholesome Wave visit: https://www.wholesomewave.orgList of Awards
2015 James Beard Foundation, Humanitarian of the Year
2015 Children of Bellevue, Honoree
2013 Food Inc. Awards, Pioneer Award
2013 Ira V. Hisckock Award for Public Health Service
2013 American Heart Association, Change the Future Award
2012 Monterey Bay Aquarium, Sustainable Chef of the Year
2012 Utne Reader Visionary Award
2012 California Small Farm Coalition Award for Excellence
2011 International Association of Culinary Professionals, Humanitarian of the Year
2010 Hummingbird Environmental Citizen Award
2010 Chefs Collaborative, Pioneers Table Award
2010 Diabetes Research Institute, Dare to Dream Award
2010 Huffington Post ,Top 100 Game Changer’s Award
2010 Lifetime Ashoka Fellowship Award
2008 Marine Stewardship Council, Sustainable Seafood Ambassador Award
2008 James Beard Foundation, Best Television Segment for PBS “Victory Garden”
2007 Food Arts Magazine, Silver Spoon Award
2007 American Heart Association, Chef with Heart Award
2007 Condé Nast Traveler, Top 95 Restaurants in the World: Dressing Room Restaurant in Westport, CT and Pure Restaurant in Mumbai, India
2007 Esquire Asia, Top 10 New Restaurants in the World: Pure Restaurant, Mumbai India
2004 James Beard Foundation, Best Health Focused Cookbook
2004 Physician’s Committee for Responsible Medicine – Best Airline Food, Song Airways Food for Sale Program
1988 Marriott Hotels Corporation Chef of the Year
Learn More About Michel Nischan
What is your earliest memory involving food or wine?
Trying to hold my thumb and pinky together showing my mom that I was three years old, as I stood on a step stool in her kitchen, helping her can tomatoes.
If you've participated in the Festival before, what is your favorite SOBEWFF memory to date?
The burger bash for sure. I think it was Rachel Ray at the time and I loved the wild diversity that came out of that challenge!
If you could cook with anyone in the world, who would it be?
Jacques Pepin and Jose Andres, the two greatest lovers of food I know.
I never leave home without my:
My razor sharp Misono chef knife