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OC500 HOSPITALITY/FOOD: BILL BRACKEN

FOUNDER, BRACKEN’S KITCHEN

WHY: Heads nonprofit that uses surplus food to provide meals for OC residents struggling with food insecurity. Counts over 30 years of experience leading kitchens of acclaimed restaurants, such as the former Four Seasons Hotel in Newport Beach. Helped open DivBar Smokehouse BBQ in Newport Beach.

IN THE NEWS: Celebrated 10-year anniversary of nonprofit’s founding. Aims to serve 2 million meals and rescue 300 tons of edible, unused food in 2023. Last year served 1.4 million meals to the needy.

NOTEABLE: One of most popular dishes is his take on macaroni and cheese, made with Taleggio cheese and crushed truffles.

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