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.
“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”
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.”
“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+”
“- 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."”
“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.”
“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 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 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”
“I have been in the restaurant industry for over 30 years.
I have been executive chef for over 25 years
I am a successful woman in this male dominated industry
I have been a single mom, who has raised her kids while building my career.
When learning to cook, you are not taught how to be a business person. To become a good chef it is important to know how to manage people, how to build teams, how to create good working environments, and understand the financials of a restaurant.”
“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”
“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.”
“As a Partner at Deloitte Consulting and a Board Member at Chicago’s Green City Market, I focus on the future of work within the Food and Beverage industry. We are very much at an inflection point in our industry and I am dedicated to helping the talented members of this community thrive as we address the challenges and opportunities presented by the pandemic.
“I have owned and operated three restaurants in the past 10 years. Even after all this, I am still a consummate student. I\'ve completed a couple of entrepreneurial accelerator classes and have enjoyed the curriculum but more so, meeting new people. I\'d be happy to share any of my experiences or what I have learned.”
Co-Owner and Founder, High Street Hospitality Group
“As an outsider to the industry (now over twenty years ago), I was lucky enough to build a network of mentors (women and men) via many industries including the hospitality industry. Without this network, I would not have been able to succeed as an entrepreneur. Beyond the pandemic, which has had a disproportionate negative impact on women, mentorship is essential to maintain parity for women in the business world and beyond.”
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.
“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 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”
Title: Co-Owner, Botanica Restaurant, and Founding Member of RE:Her
“Heather is available for 1-on-1 brainstorming sessions, Topic-specific advice and guidance, and A long-term mentorship relationship.
Heather is the co-owner of Botanica, a restaurant and market in Silver Lake, Los Angeles. She opened Botanica in 2017 as a destination for nourishing hospitality — a culinary and business philosophy that permeates every aspect of Botanica’s existence, from its obsessively farmers market-centric menu to its dedication to respect, equality, inclusivity and healthfulness as core operating tenets. Heather is a founding member of RE:Her.”
“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.”
“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”
“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.”
“Former employee of the James Beard Foundation, currently an Operations Manager at Chief.
Reach out to me with any questions about women\\\'s leadership, mentorship, working with millennials, and more!”
“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”
“Kim Prince is a third generation restaurateur with a knack for frying chicken running through her veins. Since the age of eight, she recalls being the "Pickle Bucket Girl" at her family’s restaurant: Prince’s Hot Chicken Shack in Nashville, TN. The Prince's of Nashville Tennessee, are recognized and awarded as the creators of: Nashville Hot Chicken.
Prince is a founding member of Regarding HER Food (Re: HER), a charitable organization for women-owned restaurants in Los Angeles, created by women who own restaurants in Los Angeles, in response to how COVID-19 has impacted our businesses and our communities.
Kim is available for 1-on-1 brainstorming sessions, General networking, Topic-specific advice, and guidance.”
“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.”
“I'm a Culinary Director with BonAppetit and a mother of two beautiful children. Over the years, I have been lucky to have had mentors to guide me through my career. The importance of mentorship has been essential in my growth and feel that many others could benefit as well. ”
“Lien Ta is the co-owner of All Day Baby, a feel-good restaurant & cocktail bar with the soul of a diner located in the Silver Lake neighborhood of Los Angeles. She previously owned Here’s Looking At You, also co-owned by Chef Jonathan Whitener. She is the subject “Becoming a Restaurateur,” a book authored by Patric Kuh. She is the co-founder of RE:Her, a charitable organization devoted to the advancement of women-owned restaurants. In January 2021, it launched its inaugural Los Angeles food festival, 10 Days RE:Her. She was a fellowship recipient of the James Beard Foundation’s inaugural class of the Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership Program in 2017.”
“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.
“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.”
“I am a buyer with over 10 years of experience in the Food and Beverage retail industry. I have worked in buying, brand strategy, marketing, and operations. I work closely with both large and start up CPGs and enjoy coaching individuals to help them develop their business and leadership. I am deeply passionate about food and its significance to community and am eager to help with brand strategy needs or development into retail or consumer packaged goods. ”
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!” ”
“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. ”
“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. ”
“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.”
“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.”
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 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 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”
“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. ”
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
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.