Reem Assil

Reem Assil is a Palestinian-Syrian chef based in Oakland, CA and owner of Reem’s California, a nationally acclaimed restaurant in Oakland and Reem’s California Mission in San Francisco, inspired by Arab street corner bakeries and the vibrant communities that surround them.  Reem has garnered an array of top accolades in the culinary world, including back-to-back […]

Jakub Czyszczon

Jakub Czyszczon, Executive Chef at Garrison in Austin, began his culinary career in 2012 and has worked under an impressive array of decorated chefs throughout the United States. Following his graduation from Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Chicago, Jakub started as a Line Cook at Untitled Restaurant and held progressive roles throughout […]

Derek Sarno

Derek Sarno is the Executive Chef and Director of Plant-Based Innovation for Tesco in the U.K. providing culinary leadership to the third largest food retailer in the world. He also leads the charge behind the Wicked Kitchen line of products. Derek served as the Senior Global Chef & Culinary Educator at Whole Foods Market for […]

Ashley Christensen

Ashley Christensen is the chef and owner of Poole’s Diner, Beasley’s Chicken + Honey, Fox Liquor Bar, Death & Taxes, Bridge Club, and Poole’side Pies, all located in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina. Ashley’s cooking–hinged on her philosophy of bright, fresh flavors and locally grown, seasonal ingredients–has garnered local and national acclaim. In fall of 2021 […]