Statement of Principles


Change Menus. Change Lives.

MISSION: Inspire, educate, and celebrate the voices of chefs and food professionals who care about sourcing, cooking, and serving better food and are doing their part to change the way America eats and create a better food system.

VISION: As a result of this work, sustainable practices will be second nature for every chef in the United States.


  1. Food is fundamental to life, nourishing us in body and soul. The preparation of food strengthens our connection to nature. And the sharing of food immeasurably enriches our sense of community.
  2. Good food begins with unpolluted air, land, and water, environmentally sustainable farming and fishing, and humane animal husbandry.
  3. Food choices that emphasize delicious, locally grown, seasonally fresh, and whole or minimally processed ingredients are good for us, for local farming communities, and for the planet.
  4. Cultural and biological diversity are essential for the health of the earth and its inhabitants. Preserving and revitalizing sustainable food, fishing, and agricultural traditions strengthen that diversity.
  5. By continually educating themselves about sustainable choices, chefs can serve as models to the culinary community and the general public through their purchases of seasonal, sustainable ingredients and their transformation of these ingredients into delicious food.
  6. The greater culinary community can be a catalyst for positive change by creating a market for good food and helping preserve local farming and fishing communities.