Our Organization

We are a group of dedicated people who are passionate about making the world a better place according to our own individual talents and capacity.

Who we are

Meet the team

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    Massimo Bottura

    Founder of Food for Soul

    With over twenty years of experience helming his three-Michelin-star restaurant Osteria Francescana, and thanks to his innovative energy and social sensitivity, chef Massimo Bottura is considered one of the world’s leading culinary figures. In 2015, Massimo decided to apply his creative energy to the issue of food waste, and dedicate himself to the formation of community projects. Massimo confirmed his dedication to empower local communities around the world when he founded Food for Soul in early 2016.

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    Lara Gilmore

    President of Food for Soul

    Together with Massimo, Lara launched Food for Soul as a way to redefine the role of traditional community kitchens. Her in-depth knowledge of contemporary art and of the importance of culture and art as tools for inspiring change have been instrumental in the definition of the organisation’s approach and mission. For over twenty years, she has been an integral part of the team of Osteria Francescana, where she works primarily on marketing and communications. As President of Food for Soul, she continues to dedicate her energy and ideas to reach the wider community and involve professionals from all over the world in the mission of the organisation.

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    Jill Conklin

    Strategic Officer
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    Penelope Lisi

    Press Liasion, Francescana Group
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    Laura Cavicchioli

    Communications and Brand Officer
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    Carlena Torrens

    Fundraising and Development
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    Eleonora Peia

    Project Manager, Italy
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    Food for Soul has two legal entities – Food for Soul Onlus and Food for Soul, Inc – to better facilitate our partnerships and projects around the world. From our headquarters offices (Food for Soul Onlus based in Modena, Italy) we also refer to Food for Soul, Inc based in New York, USA. as Affiliate.

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