Dear fellow chefs and food activists,

On behalf of the Board of Overseers of Chefs Collaborative, I would like to express our deep gratitude to Melissa Kogut for her guidance and leadership of Chefs Collaborative for the past seven years. A dedicated and pragmatic leader, her work as Executive Director has been instrumental in making us the nation’s leading voice of chefs and food professionals working to repair our fractured food system. We wish her all SaraBrito_headshotthe best in her future endeavors.

Now, as a rapidly growing organization in an even more rapidly evolving food landscape, the need for visionary leadership is more crucial than ever. I am so excited to introduce Sara Brito as the new Executive Director of Chefs Collaborative. Sara joins the staff of Chefs Collaborative after serving the organization for two years as a strategic partnerships and development consultant. Sara distinguished herself by her ability to see new ways for Chefs Collaborative to grow and how to communicate the importance of our work and journey.

Most recently the Chief Branding Officer and Director of Community for The Kitchen family of restaurants and national nonprofit, Sara brings 15+ years of senior leadership experience with Crispin Porter + Bogusky and Digitas working directly with nationally recognized brands, culinary organizations, and Fortune 100 companies.

Chefs Collaborative is honored to have Sara at the helm as we enter the next chapter in our work to fix our broken food system. In the coming months, you can look for increased efforts to combat antibiotics misuse and inhumane practices in livestock production, advocate for GMO labeling, and preserve our fishing grounds and communities.

Please contact Sara at to let her know how you want to work with us to change menus, and change minds.

I look forward to seeing you in Boulder, Colorado this September 28th – 30th for our 6th National Sustainable Food Summit.

All my best,

Michael Leviton
Board Chair | Chefs Collaborative
Chef/Owner | Lumiere and Area Four