Chef advocacy is an important arm of the James Beard Foundation. These voices—your voices—are even more important now. The impacts of COVID-19 can be felt across our food system—restaurants are struggling to survive, food insecurity is on the rise, local and regional food systems are straining to keep up with demand and farmers, fishermen and other producers are at risk of losing their businesses. 


Chefs Boot Camp for Policy and Change

Since 2012, Chefs Boot Camp for Policy and Change has inspired and trained chefs around the country to mobilize in support of policy decisions that impact our food system. Hundreds of chef-advocates have successfully lobbied to provide nutritious school meals, protect SNAP recipients, support American fisheries, reduce food waste, and fight for safer, more regenerative food production across the United States. 


Advocacy Webinars and Newsletter

Through a combination of larger webinars and smaller, guided training sessions, participants will gain knowledge on topics ranging from the current state of play for bills and laws such as the RESTAURANTS Act and the FEED ACT to developing a strategic message to tips for talking to your elected officials. Attendees will have access to special guest speakers and experts, facilitated group work, and will be connected with organizations working on positive policy solutions. Stay up-to-date and sign up for our industry advocacy newsletter.


Questions or ideas? Email impact@jamesbeard.org