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Chef Sean Wilson, former chef-owner of Proof, has taken on a new role after hanging up his chef's coat and stepping out of the kitchen in July.

The Justice League of Food (JLF) has announced Wilson as its new Director of Culinary Operations. The Justice League of Food is based at The Hall in West Des Moines and works to break the cycle of poverty in central Iowa by providing area homeless and hungry youth with job training and placement in the food and beverage industry.

“We are humbled that he is joining the team," said Nick Kuhn, founder and CEH of the Justice League of Food. "In addition to his culinary accolades, it is his style of servant leadership that makes him the perfect fit."

Wilson is one of the most celebrated chefs in Des Moines and the Midwest and his restaurant helped redefine the food scene in the metro. Some of his many culinary accomplishments include:

  • Three-time James Beard Award semifinalist for "Best Chef" Midwest
  • Time Magazine’s Best Chef Iowa 2016 and 2017
  • Restaurant Magazine's Top 50 Chefs in America 2017

Wilson will be responsible for the implementation and oversight of JLF's culinary job training program, oversight of daily kitchen operations, instructing and leading the student culinary team of at-risk youth, menu development for the students’ brand, known as The Kids in The Hall, and the development of future culinary events and social enterprises.

One of JLF's inaugural board members, Wilson will be stepping away to accept this new position but will continue as an adviser to the board.

Early in his career, Wilson developed and implemented a food recovery and donation program for the homeless in Boston and a culinary training and outreach program. Kuhn said Wilson's passion for helping people through the culinary arts led him to the Justice League of Food.

The Justice League of Food at The Foundry is located at 111 South 11th Street, Suite 300 in West Des Moines. For more information, visit justiceleagueoffood.org.

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