Fedele is passionate about what he eats and what he serves to others. For 25 years as CEO and founder of Bon Appétit Management Company, he has insisted that his company’s food be great tasting and sustainable – no small feat for a company that operates over 500 cafes in 37 states and serves 168 million meals a year. Under his leadership, Bon Appétit launched its Farm to Fork program in 1999. Other initiatives soon followed: joining the Seafood Watch program, purchasing rBGH-free milk, cagefree eggs and pork, advocating for antibiotic-free meats, and supporting farm workers rights. Today, most food comes from a network of small, owner-operated farms that are within 150 miles of each cafe. For his stewardship, he was one of ten recipients of the Inaugural Leadership Award in 2011 from the James Beard Foundation.