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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    Laura Cavicchioli

    Communications and Brand Officer
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    Eleonora Peia

    Project Manager, Italy
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    Roxanne Jimenez

    Social Impact and Sustainability Manager


    Food for Soul’s fiscal operations are managed and registered under two nonprofit charitable entities in Italy and the United States of America to better facilitate global partnerships and support of Refettorio projects around the world. The governance of each is connected by membership, founding Principles and Board Representatives.  Each fiscal entity maintains independent accounting, legal authority for compliance and follows strict international standards of ethics.

    Food for Soul ONLUS is a nonprofit organization registered in Modena, Italy.

    Food for Soul, INC is a nonprofit organization incorporated in Delaware and registered as a 501(c)3 in the USA; and as a DBA in the State of New York.