Photo: Chefs Collaborative Advisory Board Member and Local Leader chef Andy Cox together at the 2017 Summit in Atlanta.

Local groups are the heart and soul of Chefs Collaborative. Locals promote Chefs Collaborative’s Mission and Principles through a range of Member-led activities, including: collaborative dinners and fundraisers, field trips to local food businesses, hands-on workshops, speaking events, and networking events.

The goals of Local groups are to

  1. Inspire and educate chefs and food professionals on a local level to help them source, cook, and serve good food

  2. Connect like-minded chefs and food professionals in the local community

  3. Celebrate Members’ passions and regional foodsheds through Member-led events for the broader community


“As a Local Leader, I am fortunate to connect with a myriad of dynamic professionals from various sectors of the hospitality industry. For me, this means I have access to endless learning.  I particularly love the camaraderie and team spirit that I find in fellow Chefs Collaborative Members. It’s the biggest small family I know!” – Chef Larry Leibowitz, Bambolina Restaurants, Kokeshi, Boston Local Leader

“Chefs Collaborative Local groups allow chefs to have an open forum for discussion and learning. The conversations and [relationships] that happen can help forge change and growth in our communities, and facilitate a deeper connection in the food community.” – Chef Steven Satterfield, Miller Union, Atlanta co-Local Leader

“The Chefs Collaborative Local group in Tennessee has helped pulled together like minds. We’re working for change on a local level and successfully partnering with a national movement, through Chefs Collaborative, to achieve greater progress.” – Chef Drew McDonald, The Plaid Apron Cafe, Knoxville Local Leader

Who can join a Local group

Current Members of Chefs Collaborative can take part in Locals. If you’re not a current Member, please join or renew today.

How to connect with a Local group

Connect with a Local group near you by exploring our Locals map. Don’t see one in your neck of the woods? Learn about how to start a Local!


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