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MAD Academy

The MAD Academy is a school that aims to support the hospitality industry with tools and knowledge for making positive change. Join us to become part of a group of people committed to transforming hospitality and our food systems.

Applications for our Spring 2021 programs are open.

MAD inspires and empowers cooks, servers, and eaters to create sustainable change. From luminaries in the field to young apprentices, we’re connecting individuals and equipping them to make a difference in their restaurants and the world.

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VILD MAD Project Coordinator

This is a temporary position for an exceptional entrepreneurial and organizationally driven individual who wants to help us run one of the world’s most forward-thinking foraging initiatives.

Watch all the latest MAD Talks

How to Lead in a No-Ego Kitchen

Alanna Sapwell

Chef Alanna Sapwell has journeyed through kitchens around the world, experiencing different leadership styles in each. Now as head chef at her own restaurant, it’s her turn to set a new standard. 

Owning It

Rosio Sanchez

At the sixth MAD Symposium, Rosio points out the gap that exists between seeking perfection and inspiration under the vision of others, and the contradictory desire to cook what matters to you as a person.

Carne e Spirito

Dario Cecchini 

The Dante-quoting Butcher of Panzano on the importance of craft and love.

You have to draw a line and say that people are more important than a star or a hat.

Ben Shewry Chef, New Zealand



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