Food Advocacy



Spike serves as a Chef Ambassador in CARE’s Chef’s Table Program. He has traveled to countries like Peru and Mozambique to witness CARE’s efforts to reduce hunger and malnutrition. Armed with this firsthand knowledge and a deep understanding of CARE’s international food security policies, Spike has leveraged his unique position to change the way that policymakers and communities think about food. 


DC Food Policy Council

Spike is the first Chairman of the DC Food Policy Council (DCFPC). The DCFPC brings local stakeholders and experts together to create an equitable, sustainable food system for our Nation’s Capital.

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DC Central Kitchen

Working as a Chef Contributor at DC Central Kitchen, Spike shares his culinary knowledge with the organization’s students as part of their training program to prepare them for jobs at partner restaurants and hospitality groups in the D.C. area. As the nation’s first and leading community kitchen, DC Central Kitchen develops and operates social ventures targeting the cycle of hunger and poverty.


Food Rescue US

Spike acts as a food donor, volunteer food rescuer and Chef Ambassador for Food Rescue US. This national technology-fueled, volunteer-driven food rescuer program uses an app to connect businesses with excess usable food to hunger relief agencies in order to feed people, not landfills. 


World Wildlife Fund (WWF)

Spike worked with World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and partners in launching their food waste platform for the hospitality industry. The toolkit focuses on research and demonstration projects across the country to test food waste prevention strategies and understand the largest drivers of food waste to determine the most effective staff, leadership, and customer engagement strategies. WWF, the world’s leading conservation organization, works to address the largest challenges facing our planet, including how we’ll need to feed people while conserving the Earth’s precious natural resources.


Food Policy Action

Spike serves as a chef ambassador and chef lobbyist for Food Policy Action. Food Policy Action is a collaboration of national food policy leaders working to hold legislators accountable for their votes that impact our food system by educating the public about their representatives’ voting records.


The James Beard Foundation Impact Programs

Spike is a chef advocate for the Chef Action Network and an alumnus of the Chefs Boot Camp for Policy and Change. The JBF Impact Programs are committed to establishing a more sustainable food system through education, advocacy, and thought leadership.