Fresh Chefs Society empowers foster youth with the skills necessary to take charge of their eating lifestyle through meaningful educational experiences with community cooks, chefs, and restaurants.

Photo credit:  Brio Photography

Photo credit: Brio Photography

Our Roots

Fresh Chefs Society began with a simple idea: offer nutritional support to youth in foster care. Growing up in the foster care system in Florida, founder Shaleiah Fox knew first-hand how little control she had over her life – starting with food choices. Recognizing the incredible need for cooking education and access to nutritional information for foster youth, Fresh Chefs Society mobilizes the community around this issue.


Photo credit:  Brio Photography

Photo credit: Brio Photography

Food nourishes us, cooking empowers us, and sharing a good meal with others reminds us that above all, we are more alike than different.”

— Shaleiah Fox, Founder


What began in 2012 as a series of cooking classes has grown into a robust apprenticeship program that aims to equip youth in care with necessary skills to support and feed themselves as they embark on their journey into independent living. We have served almost 500 youth in Central Texas through a family of volunteers and partners (Meet our wonderful partners!). We are proud to be Austin-based, food-centered, and above all, committed to doing our part to empower our youth in care.


Central Texas foster youth served.


Culinary events for foster youth.


Volunteers and partners.

Photo credit:  Brio Photography

Photo credit: Brio Photography

Get Involved

Calling all cooks! Whether you are a local chef, a home cook, a culinary-focused business, or a foster youth who would like to participate in one of our programs, we want to hear from you.

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