Food Judge

Karen Leibowitz

Executive Director

Zero Foodprint

Karen Leibowitz is an advocate, writer, and restaurateur seeking improvements to our food system. She is Executive Director of Zero Foodprint, a nonprofit which was named Humanitarian of the Year by the James Beard Foundation for its work on food-related climate solutions. She has also co-written two cookbooks: Mission Street Food (with Anthony Myint) and Atelier Crenn (with Dominique Crenn) and her journalism has appeared in The New York Times, Bon Appétit, Food & Wine, and other publications. As co-founder of several award-winning and pioneering restaurants  (Mission Chinese Food, The Perennial, and Commonwealth), Karen was nominated for a James Beard Award for Outstanding Restaurateur in 2019. She has a Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley and InStyle included Karen in their inaugural list of “50 Badass Women.”

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