Bill Telepan has been the Executive Chef of Wellness in the Schools since 2008. As the first chef to join the team, Bill has served as a leader of the WITS Cook for Kids program by developing nutritious school menus, training WITS Chefs and cafeteria staff, teaching culinary and nutrition concepts to students, parents and teachers, and engaging professional chefs across the country. Bill believes that every child deserves access to healthy, sustainably raised, and delicious food. Through his work with WITS, Bill has led lobbying initiatives from Capitol Hill to NYC’s City Hall and was a participant in the 2015 James Beard Foundation’s Chefs Boot Camp for Policy and Change. He has spoken at the James Beard Foundation’s Food Conference, the Sustainable Cities Conference at The New School, and Food Tank’s Washington DC Summit. He was the commencement speaker at the Culinary Institute of America in 2014. In 2009, Bill was selected by First Lady Michelle Obama to join the Chefs Move! to Schools task force and participate in the organization’s conferences. He was also named a Food Revolution Hero by chef-food activist Jamie Oliver, a FEED50 2016 Hero by Lauren Bush Lauren, and a community hero by TD Bank’s “Rooted In NYC” campaign. Bill is also currently the Executive Chef at Oceana in Midtown Manhattan.
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