Andrew Talks to Chefs

Episode 117: Chef Edward Lee & Lindsey Ofcacek (founders, The LEE Initiative)

Episode Summary

During the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown, the LEE Initiative has helped the industry in myriad ways across the United States. Co-founders Edward Lee and Lindsey Ofcacek discuss the work they do and how they apply restaurant capabilities to advocacy and philanthropy.

Episode Notes

The LEE Initiative has been working to improve the restaurant industry for several years, with programs like a women's chef mentorship program. When COVID-19 swept across the United States, shuttering restaurants and leaving millions of industry employees out of work, founders Edward Lee, Lindsey Ofcacek, and their team instituted a number of new programs to help workers, farms, and other industry constituents across the United States.

On this episode, Edward and Lindsey take time out from their brutal schedules to discuss the origins of the Initiative, how it applies restaurant principles to philanthropy, what its latest relief efforts are, and how listeners (this means you) can help.

Learn more and contribute to the LEE Initiative via their website.

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