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.
MAD is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. Donations to MAD are deductible under US 501(c)3 law and in the UK through our partnership with the Sustainable Food Alliance. MAD is headquartered in Copenhagen, Denmark.


René Redzepi
Peter Kreiner

Founding Managing Director


The Team

Anna Küfner

Management Coordinator

Gregers Grue Nielsen

Production Manager

Melina Shannon-DiPietro

Executive Director

Mikkel Lau Mikkelsen

VILD MAD Director

Mikkel Westergaard

Program Manager

Simone Staack Hedelund

Communications & Special Projects




Food Organisation
Google Food
William Helman
Roger Stein


David Abrams
Christopher Bass
Blackberry Farm
Danish Ministry of the Environment
Thomas Harttung
Andrew Hobson
Brian Kaufman
Kobenhavn Kommune
Michael Lowenstein
Andrew M. Paul
Norwegian Seafood Council
Lars Seier
Paul Shiverick
David Solomon
Dwayne Sye & Tait Sye
Tom & Diane Tuft
Phil & Maria Yang
Joseph Wender & Ann Colgin
Will Zeckendorf


Leigh Abramson
Bill Berkman
Natan & Jessica Bibliowicz
Marc Blazer
Jeremy Bronfman
Kelvin Davis
Denmark Bridge
Denise Dupre & Mark Nunnelly
Steve Ells
Susy & Darren Enenstein
Michael Fascitelli
Glenn Fuhrman
Bill & Katie Garland
George & Pam Hamel
Jim Kelly
Jeffrey Kovach
Bradford Malt
Stephen & Maggie Oetgen
John Pritzker
Cindy Rachofsky
Rob Rosania
Alex Simon
Ben Simon
Nat & Laura Simons
Jonah Sonnenborn
Patrick Stella
Kevin & Nicole Systrom
David Tisch
Sue & David Viniar

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