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Episode 74: Michel Nischan

Apr 12th, 2022

Chef Michel Nischan is the founder and Executive Chairman of Wholesome Wave, the founder of Wholesome Crave, and co-founder of the James Beard Foundation’s Chefs Action Network. Michel is a four-time James Beard Award winning chef with over 30 years of leadership advocating for a more healthy and sustainable food system. Tune in to learn more about:

  • Michel’s memories of working on his grandfather’s farm;
  • How a climbing accident pushed him to finally found the non-profit organization Wholesome Wave;
  • The mission of Wholesome Wave to address diet-related diseases by helping low-income Americans buy and eat healthy fruits and vegetables;
  • The lack of affordability for healthy food and the disastrous consequences for the chronically ill;
  • The Gus Schumacher Nutrition Incentive Program (GusNIP), a program that brings together stakeholders from various parts of the food and healthcare systems;
  • About Wholesome Crave, a company that creates flavorful, nutritious soups;
  • How health care institutions are trying to improve the quality of their food and how UC Davis Medical Center partnered with Wholesome Crave to offer their soups in their cafes.

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