Fedele Bauccio cofounded Bon Appétit Management Company, which provides food service to corporations, universities, and museums in 32 states, in 1987. Fedele and Bon Appétit have revolutionized the food service industry both by introducing fresh, made-from-scratch food to the contract market and by pioneering environmentally and socially responsible practices designed to create a more sustainable food system.
From the beginning, Bon Appétit has been committed to the health of its customers, striving for the freshest ingredients, banning MSG, moving to canola oil. The launch of our Farm to Fork program in 1999 (long before locavore entered the dictionary) marked the first of our many commitments to widening that focus to the communities in which we operate, and to the planet itself. Bon Appétit is the first food service company to commit to serving only seafood that met Seafood Watch sustainability guidelines (in 2002), to reducing antibiotic use in farm animals (2003), to serving only rBGH-free milk (2003) and cage-free eggs (2005), to tackling food¹s role in climate change (2007), and to addressing farmworker rights (2009). Most recently, Bon Appétit announced a comprehensive animal welfare plan, including switching to 100% humanely raised ground beef (effective immediately) and to phasing out all pork raised with gestation crates by the aggressive date of 2015.
Fedele’s work has been honored by many nonprofit and industry groups. Most recently, the International Association of Culinary Professionals bestowed its Lifetime Achievement Award, and the James Beard Foundation recognized his contributions with one of its inaugural Leadership Awards, along with First Lady Michelle Obama and eight others. The Natural Resources Defense Council chose him for its first Going Green Award, in 2009, and in 2007 he was named a Seafood Champion by Seafood Choices Alliance. From 2006-2008, he served on the Pew Commission on Industrial Farm Animal Production. He is currently a board member of Compass Group North America. Fedele graduated from the University of Portland with a master’s degree in business administration in 1966 and a bachelor’s degree in economics in 1964.