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Industry members attend renowned La Tablée des Chefs event

Jana Sobey, Sobeys; Jim Slomka and Liam Sobey, Sobeys

Members of the grocery industry joined renowned chefs at an event in Toronto to support a surplus food recovery program that helps feed people dealing with food insecurity. The November 6 event held at the Fairmont Royal York was hosted by co-chairs Jana Sobey, senior vice president of fresh merchandising for Sobeys, and Naniss Gadel-Rab, general manager, of nutrition, Canada, for Unilever. Grocery Business attended the event.

La Tablée des Chefs was established in 2002 by Jean-François Archambault who came up with the idea to recover surplus food from hotels and caterers to feed people dealing with food insecurity. The program acts as a liaison between surplus food donors and local community organizations that collect donations and redistribute them to people in need.

The dining experience is a five-course dinner with dishes inspired by different influences of each chef and prepared with the help of young people from local culinary schools.

Since its start, La Tablée des Chef has distributed more than 15 million cooked dishes and has educated more than 50,000 young people through its various programs.

Tony Chapman, Master of Ceremonies and host of Chatter That Matters; Naniss Gadel-Rab, Unilever and co-chair; and Jana Sobey, Sobeys and co-chair
Gary Wade, Unilever; Tony Chapman; Jean-Francois Archambault, La Tablée des Chefs
Peter Lloyd and Peter Kerr, Sobeys
Nicole Hutinec and Naniss Gadel-Rab, Unilever
Robert Shapiro and Sam Wu, Robert Shapiro & Associates
Martin Payant, Unilever
Olivia Chow, Mayor of Toronto, and Rolie Srivastava, La Tablée des Chefs
Jim Slomka and Renee Hopfner, Sobeys
Kaila Sklar, Coca-Cola and her husband, Richard Harvey

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