MAD is transforming our food system by giving chefs and restaurateurs the skills, community, time, and space to create real and sustainable change in their restaurants, in their communities, and across the world. Recognizing that food is inseparable from some of our most pressing global challenges, MAD unites a global cooking community with a social conscience, a sense of curiosity, and an appetite for change. Together, we envision a better, healthier, more sustainable, more delicious world for cooks and eaters alike.
Chef and co-owner of restaurant noma René Redzepi launched MAD as a two-day symposium in 2011, when 300 chefs, restaurateurs, servers, and writers gathered in Copenhagen to discuss the future of food. Today, under the leadership of a ten-member Board of Directors, Executive Director Melina Shannon-DiPietro, as well as leading donors, MAD is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that boasts a global network of individuals working to make food better.