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Mentorship

Whether you’re starting out or trying to get back on your feet, having a mentor can play a critical role in getting the support, knowledge and resources you need. Select the filters below to find your mentor match.

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Sasha Raj

Sasha Raj

Owner, 24 Carrots

“Sasha is available for: 1-on-1 brainstorming sessions, Topic-specific advice and guidance, A long-term mentorship relationship, General networking Sasha is open to mentoring mentees who identify as: Women, BIPOC, anyone who feels I can support them”

Allison Cooke

Allison Cooke

Principal and Director of Hospitality Design at CORE

“Allison is available for: Topic-specific architectural/design guidance, 1-on-1 brainstorming sessions & general networking.  Allison is especially enthusiastic about mentees from all areas of the F&B industry who identify as Womxn, or anyone needing assistance on spatial challenges.”

Alexandria Bowler

Alexandra Raij

Alexandra Raij

Chef/Owner, Saint Julivert Fisherie and La Vara, Txikito, and El Quinto Pino

“Alexandra is available for: A long-term mentorship relationship Alexandra is enthusiastic about mentoring mentees who identify as: Latinx, someone who wants to learn and feels barriers to entry”

April Anderson

April Anderson

Owner, Good Cakes and Bakes

“April is available for: A long-term mentorship relationship, topic-specific advice and guidance, 1-on-1 brainstorming sessions April is enthusiastic about mentoring mentees who identify as: Black/African, Women, BIPOC, LGBTQIA+”

Behzad Jamshidi

Behzad Jamshidi

Executive Director

“- Chef + Executive Director, Moosh NYC "I run a community focused and driven hospitality firm. I create, manage and consult on projects, brands and businesses throughout food and hospitality which give us the ability to celebrate marginalized voices and cultures, foster community through brands and programs and encourage comradery & collaboration across industries. Our goal is to utilize our community, resources, network and every other business capability at our disposal to create inclusivity. At Moosh, we are proud to consult, direct and advise brands as large as Mastercard and Virgin, but even more so privileged to work and collaborate with small businesses and brands to help them focus their products, tell their stories and engage their communities in honest and organic ways. We work to bring solutions and support to the everyday problems that hospitality professionals may encounter and work to incubate and support them to be their best."”

Beth Demmon

Freelance Writer and Journalist

“As the founder of the Diverse Beer Writers Initiative, my goal is to break down barriers of entry into media for people in historically marginalized communities. This is not limited to entry-level writers or even the beer community - I have spoken with aspiring food writers as well as experienced journalists who simply need a recharge or accountability to take the next step in their career.”

Beth Black

Beth Black

Owner, Foodē

“Beth is available for: A long-term mentorship relationship Beth is enthusiastic about mentoring mentees who identify as: Women, Black/African”

Beverly Clark

Beverly Clark

Chef Owner

“I am Chef/Owner of Parachute  and Wherewithall (restaurants in Chicago) and founder of The Abundance Setting, a non profit dedicated to supporting moms in the culinary/hospitality industry.  Mentorship helped me make good decisions along my career, to stay encouraged to advance in this career.  I would love to pay if backwards so that others can gain support from my experiences to be encouraged and feel supported.”

Brooks Kirchenheimer

Brooks Kirchenheimer

Owner, Hearth and Hill

“Brooks is available for: A long-term mentorship relationship, General networking, Topic-specific advice and guidance, 1-on-1 brainstorming sessions Brooks is enthusiastic about mentoring mentees who identify as: Women, Latinx, Native American/Indigenous”

Charissa Benjamin

Charissa Benjamin

Owner, Savor PR

“Charissa is available for: A long-term mentorship relationship, Topic-specific advice and guidance, 1-on-1 brainstorming sessions, General networking Charissa is enthusiastic about mentoring mentees who identify as: Women, Black/African, Immigrants”

Lincoln Marquis

Joel Padilla

CEO Platinum Chef

“I Believe it is important to share our success and failures in our industry. I have been in the industry for over 15 years with over 36 concepts and three companies under my belt I have seen everything that can go wrong so far. I consider my self old school with a new school attitude embrace it and sharing what I have learned and being open to continue to learn. I’m would like to become a mentor to offer the same opportunity that were given to me . I think being a minority who has achieved success and wealth, I should mentors other to do the same”

Kevin Mitchell, CFSE, MA, SC Chef Ambassador

Kevin Mitchell, CFSE, MA, SC Chef Ambassador

Chef Instructor, Culinary Institute with Charleston

“Kevin is available for: A long-term mentorship relationship Kevin is enthusiastic about mentoring mentees who identify as: Black/African”

Chris Macksey

Chris Macksey

Operations Manager

“From a young age, I have always been captivated by restaurants, starting as a busser, eventually making my way to the back of house. I worked my way through the industry while in school and continued working in industry afterwards. I eventually made the shift to operations and consulting, and now I am a partner at Prix Fixe Accounting, an accounting and advisory firm focusing solely on the hospitality industry. It goes without saying that with the outbreak of COVID-19, the restaurant industry has been turned upside down. What was shaping up to be a record breaking year for many of our clients has certainly broken records, but not the ones that we were hoping to. We can help with budgeting, cash-flow forecasting, financial analysis, systems analysis and consulting on business plans and strategy. We can get through this together.”

Daniella Senior

Daniella Senior

Founder & CEO, Colada Shop, Bresca

“Daniella is available for: Topic-specific advice and guidance Daniella is enthusiastic about mentoring mentees who identify as: Latinx, Women”

Danielle Leoni

Chef/Owner, The Breadfruit and Rum Bar

“Danielle is available for: A long-term mentorship relationship Danielle is enthusiastic about mentoring mentees who identify as: Women”

Deborah VanTrece

Deborah VanTrece

“Deborah is available for: A long-term mentorship relationship Deborah is enthusiastic about mentoring mentees who identify as: Women, Black/African, LGBTQIA+, BIPOC”

Elizabeth Falkner

Elizabeth Falkner

Chef

“Elizabeth is available for: 1-on-1 brainstorming sessions Elizabeth is enthusiastic about mentoring mentees who identify as: Women”

Mike Beaverson

DVP Equipment & Supplies, UniPro Foodservice

“www.mikebeaverson.com____|____www.score.org ------------------------------------------------------------------ No charge Help for all people interested in foodservice startups, active businesses, or foodservice industry career advice. 30+ Years in the Foodservice Business working end to end from the cooking line to manufacturing. Mike is available for Networking, Long Term Mentoring, 1 on 1 Brainstorming Sessions, or Topic Specific Advice.---------------------------------------------------------- All Mentoring is completed through SCORE. SCORE, the nation’s largest network of volunteer, expert business mentors, is dedicated to helping small businesses get off the ground, grow and achieve their goals. SCORE is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and a resource partner of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). Thanks to this generous support from the SBA and because of the selfless contributions of our more than 10,000 dedicated volunteers, we are able to deliver most of our offerings at no cost. ”

Hallie Applebaum

Hallie Applebaum

Founder, FUTURE OF WOMEN

“FUTURE OF WOMEN develops and executes a slate of compelling international women's breakfasts and podcast episodes in collaboration with award-winning media outlets, chefs, and restauranteurs. FOW curates programming that explores the intersection of women, culture, society, and impact (e.g. Celebrating LatinX Narratives, Preserving the Climate, Revitalizing Public Spaces through Art, Featuring Underrepresented Groups on TV and Film, Celebrating Immigrant Stories, Designing with Impact in Mind), featuring industry-leading women in panels and on episodes, including food journalists, Olympians, astronauts, actresses, and musicians. Learn more at www.futureofwomen.org.”

Hari Pulapaka

Hari Pulapaka

Chef, Educator

“Hari is available for: Topic-specific advice and guidance, 1-on-1 brainstorming sessions, General networking Hari is enthusiastic about mentoring mentees who identify as: Black/African, Native American/Indigenous, BIPOC, underserved”

Hassel Aviles

ian reeves

“Hello, I have been a Chef for 20 years and feel i can bring my experience to the table, to help people in our industry. I have Run 5* hotels and bowling ally so I have seen the whole thing. I had a son over 4 years ago and have transitioned in to the corporate food service world but feel i need to pass my knowledge on to others. I am currently working as the chef of Denver museum of nature and science. Thank you for your consideration.”

James Richards

Jasmine Moy

Jasmine Moy

Attorney

“Jasmine is available for: A long-term mentorship relationship, Topic-specific advice and guidance, 1-on-1 brainstorming sessions, General networking Jasmine is enthusiastic about mentoring mentees who identify as: Women, Black/African, Latinx, Native American/Indigenous, LGBTQIA+, BIPOC”

Jazmin Felix

Regional Safety Director

“It\'s important to mentor those who are looking for clarity in there very own lifestyle and workfield. When your a positive Leader in the community you impact those around you to become who they are meant to become. Passion and drive is what makes anyone successful. Learning from the best gives you credibility to set you up for success.”

Emily Rothkrug

Emily Rothkrug

Impact Programs Manager

“I'm available to answer any questions you might have about getting involved with the James Beard Foundation.”

Jess Burns

Jess Burns

VP of Brand and Creative Marketing, Grubhub

“Jess is available for: General networking, A long-term mentorship relationship, Topic-specific advice and guidance, 1-on-1 brainstorming sessions Jess is enthusiastic about mentoring mentees who identify as: BIPOC, Women”

Joanna Kirkendall

Joanna Kirkendall

Co-Founder, Pleasantry, 1215 Wine Bar & Coffee Lab

“Joanna is available for: A long-term mentorship relationship, Topic-specific advice and guidance, 1-on-1 brainstorming sessions, General networking Joanna is enthusiastic about mentoring: Anyone!”

Joy Crump

Joy Crump

Chef/Owner, Foodē

“Joy is available for: One on one, long term, brainstorming sessions, general networking. Joy is enthusiastic about mentoring mentees who identify as: Black/African”

Jacqui Pressinger

Jacqui Pressinger

Director of Strategic Partnerships, ACF

“Jacqui is available for: General networking, topic-specific advice and guidance, a long-term mentorship relationship Jacqui is enthusiastic about mentoring mentees who identify as: Women ”

Julie Qiu

Kandia Johnson

Kandia Johnson

Communications Expert

“Kandia is available for: Topic-specific advice and guidance, A long-term mentorship relationship Kandia is enthusiastic about mentoring mentees who identify as: Black/African, Women”

Kisha Washington

Kisha Washington

Executive Chef, Owner, and Founder

“Hi, I'm Kisha Washington, Executive Chef, Owner, and Founder of three culinary industry businesses. All of them helping to build the industry in some way. TheKeyIngredient LLC is a private chef company, The Kitchen Spectrum Collective is a one stop shop for chefs and foodies to get website building, branding, and much more. Then there is CookzCreed Foundation, a non profit offering scholarships, mental health resources and mentorship. I\'m also a competition chef, traveling to compete in large cooking competitions. I'm interested in the mentorship program because I love helping those I can on a number of levels. The culinary industry is a great place to learn things you need in everyday life. Helping others and learning for myself has become a part of who I am.”

Jay Lippin

Jay Lippin

“I have 40 years of restaurant experience 30 of them as an Executive Chef in various operations. Currently I am the Chef in Residence at The East End Food Institute. ”

Mary Sue Milliken

Mary Sue Milliken

Chef, Co-Owner, Border Grill, Socalo

“Throughout a groundbreaking, nearly 40-year career, Mary Sue Milliken finds the key to her success in following her insatiable curiosity. She is best known for Border Grill restaurants, trucks, and catering, which she runs with her business partner of more than 35 years, Susan Feniger. After graduating from Washburne Culinary Institute in Chicago, Milliken worked her way up and became the first female chef at Le Perroquet in 1978. Milliken uses her platform to enact societal change, serving on the boards of both Share Our Strength and the James Beard Foundation. Chef Milliken is available to answer any questions you have about entrepreneurship, women's leadership, team leadership and more. ”

Michael Schiller

Michael Schiller

Property and Casualty Insurance / Finance Expert

“I want to use my expertise in the Insurance and Finance fields to help restaurants and hospitality businesses open safely and efficiently. I am available to provide assistance on current and future coverage needed taking into account new changes due to COVID-19. These are essential things not only for normal protection but now an added layer with current world we live in. I am here to support the community on a whole to help ensure it's longevity and protect its importance in our society. Do not hesitate to contact me for guidance and a free review of current coverages.”

Nicole DiGironimo

Career Coach / Director of Academics at a Culinary Institute

“I am a Career/Life Coach with a large organization and enjoy helping people unlock their potential! Are you struggling with a complicated decision? Or maybe you’re considering a career change or just starting your career? Or your team at work isn’t functioning as well as it could? Or you aren’t functioning at work as well as you could? Or there are professional challenges interfering with your sleep or your home life? We’ll untangle the challenges you bring to our conversations by confronting your assumptions and developing action steps relevant to your needs/goals. Nicole is available for: A long-term mentorship relationship, Topic-specific advice and guidance, 1-on-1 brainstorming sessions, and General networking. Nicole is enthusiastic about mentoring: Anyone struggling to find answers!” ”

ROBERT SLOOP

ROBERT SLOOP

CEO

“Provides full-service accounting, financial advisory, systems implementation and consulting services to restaurants. We know that all good operators are adamant about building more profitable businesses by maintaining order with their accounting systems, back office procedures and overall reporting. ”

Sandra Cordero

Sara Ciampini

Sara Ciampini

CEO/Founder, MediClean

“MediClean Group, Inc. has been a leader in healthcare cleaning for nearly two decades. Founded by an RN with over 25 years experience in the medical industry, we can proudly say that we are experts in cleaning, disinfecting and infection control. During these unprecedented times, we feel it is our duty to share our expertise so that our communities and reopen and remain clean and safe. ”

Sarah Stegner

Chef/Owner

“I often find myself in a mentorship role with women in the industry. Having strong mentors was the identifying factor in becoming the chef I am today, and I'd like to pay it forward. ”

Sarah Gavigan

Sarah Gavigan

Owner, Otaku Ramen

“Sarah is available for: A long-term mentorship relationship Sarah is enthusiastic about mentoring mentees who identify as: Women, Black/African, Latinx, LGBTQIA+, BIPOC, Native American/Indigenous”

Sonya Cote

Sonya Cote

Owner, Executive Chef, Hillside Farmacy, Eden East, Eden West Food Truck, Eden East Farm, Store House Market

“Sonya is available for: General networking Sonya is enthusiastic about mentoring mentees who identify as: Women, LGBTQIA+, BIPOC”

Chris Dickerson

Chris Dickerson

Chef/Owner

“After graduating from Wake Forest, Chris Dickerson completed the Chef’s apprenticeship program at The Cloister Hotel on Sea Island.  Chris regularly staged with some of the South’s best chefs which resulted in him being recruited by some top kitchens.  He cooked at The Little Nell in Aspen under George Mahaffey and later worked for Nobu Matsuhisa.  Chris is a regular on the Southern Food Festival Circuit.  He has cooked with many notable chefs, for many luminaries and was even part of a team who cooked for Paul Bocuse.  Chris and Corner Taco were featured in a Super Bowl ad for Chase bank that highlighted the region’s most iconic landmarks and businesses.  Chris is regularly invited to speak and teach classes on restaurant and food truck entrepreneurship and was the featured speaker for Cum Laude Inductees at Episcopal School of Jacksonville.”

Sarah Robbins

Sarah Robbins

Founding Partner, 21c Hotels

“Sarah is available for: A long-term mentorship relationship, 1-on-1 brainstorming sessions, General networking Sarah is enthusiastic about mentoring mentees who identify as: Black/African, Women”

Stephanie Dorsey

VC Fund Manager

“I run a food-focused VC fund and would be happy to offer advice, insight, and perspectives on funding food-related businesses as well as introductions to other capital allocators in the food & beverage ecosystem.”

Tiffany Derry

Tiffany Derry

Owner, Roots Chicken Shak, Roots Southern Table, Tiffany Derry Concepts

“Tiffany is available for: A long-term mentorship relationship, general networking, topic-specific advice and guidance Tiffany is interested in mentoring mentees who identify as: Women, Black/African”

Tyrone Thomas

Tyrone Thomas

Vice President and Deputy General Counsel/Business Advisor/Entrepreneur

“About Me: Tyrone Thomas is a seasoned attorney, strategic business advisor, hunger advocate and entrepreneur. He has experience advising small and mid-level businesses, and problem solving in resource-constrained environments (including food startups). My Motivation: Independent Restaurants are critical sources of entrepreneurial innovation, nourishment, community fellowship, wealth creation, employment, workforce development, creative expression, and culinary education. We cannot let these institutions, and their irreplaceable impact on the communities they serve, disappear. ”

Vicky Colas

Vicky Colas

Chef, Owner

“Vicky is available for: Topic-specific advice and guidance, A long-term mentorship relationship Vicky is enthusiastic about mentoring mentees who identify as: Women, Black/African, Native American/Indigenous, Any women who are in need of my skill set. ”

Violeta Edelman

Violeta Edelman

Owner, Dolcezza Gelato

“Violeta is available for: A long-term mentorship relationship, 1-on-1 brainstorming sessions, Topic-specific advice and guidance, General networking Violeta is enthusiastic about mentoring mentees who identify as: Women, Latinx, Native American/Indigenous, Black/African, LGBTQIA+, BIPOC”

Jacqulyn Hill

Jacqulyn Hill

“Owner of Whipped Inc. a boutique appetizer and dessert company as well as Whipped Luxe which is a luxury event planning company.  I focus on good food and great experiences.  I am interested in being a mentor because I want to show people to love what they do; as well as giving real life experiences. ”

Elizabeth Wiley

Elizabeth Wiley

Owner, Meadowlark Restaurant, Wheat Penny Oven and Bar

“Elizabeth is available for: A long-term mentorship relationship, Topic-specific advice and guidance, 1-on-1 brainstorming sessions, General networking, 1-2 week in-person stage once covid is conquered, including room and board Elizabeth is enthusiastic about mentoring mentees who identify as: Women, LGBTQIA+, any person of any community, especially if they live anywhere in our region ”

Mentorship presented by KitchenAid

Mentorship presented by KitchenAid

James Beard Foundation Mentorship presented by KitchenAid is open to everyone, but was designed to make mentorship accessible and visible to the communities that have historically faced difficulties finding and engaging with mentors, especially women. Thanks to KitchenAid’s support and partnership, this initiative provides free mentorship to all culinary industry professionals and helps emerging talent connect with a larger network of support. JBF Mentorship is part of KitchenAid’s larger A Woman’s Place program, which aims to support and empower emerging women in the hospitality industry to bridge the gender inequality gap. To learn more about this partnership or KitchenAid’s A Woman’s Place Program, visit here. Select the filters below to find your mentor match. To learn more about how mentor matching works, check out our FAQs.

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