A Fireside Chat on Empowering Eaters: With CEO Fedele Bauccio and Food Tank

Fields on a farm with a greenhouse and trees in the background.

“I was the lone ranger out there,” said Bon Appétit Founder and CEO Fedele Bauccio, speaking to how the national dialogue around food system issues has developed in the 37 years since he started the company. Fedele was on the lineup at a daylong summit in support of the Biden-Harris Administration National Strategy on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health hosted by Emory University and Spelman College, in collaboration with Food Tank, the nonprofit food think tank dedicated to food system reform. Food Tank president Dani Nierenberg led the conversation, which focused on the role of business in increasing access to healthy and nutritious food.   

 Fedele touched on Bon Appétit’s origin story, in which the search for higher quality, more flavorful food landed him and our teams in the fields of local farms. When asked how the private sector can increase access to healthy food, Fedele’s message was to keep getting the word out. “The more conversation we have, the more companies will get on board.”  

Fedele was one speaker in a stellar lineup of discussions that touched on how to make school food healthier, land justice, and food as medicine, all in support of the Biden-Harris strategy.  

Watch Fedele’s talk below: