Alliance Ambassadors and Chef Corps members include nationally and internationally-renowned individuals from the culinary, film, philanthropic, and sport fields who work closely with the Alliance Secretariat and its partners to raise awareness of household air pollution and promote a market-based approach for the adoption of clean cooking solutions in the developing world. The following individuals have lent their names, talents and time to support the Alliance and its programs:
For too long, cooking has been a silent killer in developing countries around the world. Finally, we are seeing a growing momentum around this issue. Thanks to the Alliance and its many partners, millions more people are now using clean and efficient cookstoves and fuels. We must continue to build on this new momentum and ensure solving this global problem remains a global priority.
Alliance Ambassadors include a range of nationally and internationally known actors, sports figures, chefs, and other celebrities who utilize their global profile to help promote awareness of the issue of household air pollution and the benefits of clean cooking solutions.
I am proud to stand with Secretary Clinton to work to reduce the senseless and preventable deaths from unsafe cooking conditions in developing countries, and I look forward to contributing to the important work of the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves.
I have seen this silent killer first hand, and I am therefore honored to join the Alliance in helping to raise additional awareness. I am committed to working with Secretary Clinton, Global Ambassador Julia Roberts, and the Alliance’s many partners to ensure that this issue is on the agenda of advocates, chefs, business-owners and policymakers worldwide.
If cooking kills, then I don’t want to eat.
As a musician, I know how to use my voice and my heart to connect with people, and when I learned that cooking kills two million people worldwide every year, I knew I had to stand up and speak out to help the Alliance raise awareness.
I am proud to be the Ambassador of the Alliance and will communicate to my fans advocating for clean cooking, clean air and a better future for the world.
Chef Corps
Culinary Ambassador Chef José Andrés launched the Chef Corp at the Alliance’s 2013 Clean Cooking Forum in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Alliance Chef Corps members are renowned chefs from the US, Mexico, India, Cambodia and Kenya, who use their culinary expertise and professional background to raise awareness about the harmful environmental and health impacts of traditional cooking techniques in their native countries. To speak to the Alliance about the Chef Corps, please contact
Chef José Andrés

Chef, Founder of World Central Kitchen, and owner of ThinkFoodGroup

Named as one of Time’s “100” Most Influential People and awarded “Outstanding Chef” by the James Beard Foundation, José Andrés is an internationally-recognized culinary innovator, author, educator, television personality, humanitarian and chef/owner of ThinkFoodGroup.  A pioneer of Spanish tapas in the United States, he is also known for his groundbreaking avant-garde cuisine and his award-winning group of 21 restaurants, located throughout the country in Washington, DC, Miami, Puerto Rico, Las Vegas and Los Angeles. He is a committed advocate of food and hunger issues and is known for championing the role of chefs in the national debate on food policy. In 2012, Andrés formed World Central Kitchen, a non-profit that provides smart solutions to hunger and poverty by using the power of food to empower communities and strengthen economies. Andrés also serves as Culinary Ambassador for the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves. Andrés' work has earned him awards and distinctions such as Outstanding American by Choice, awarded by President Barack Obama and the Refugees International McCall-Pierpaoli Humanitarian Award. In 2015, he was named EY Master Entrepreneur of the Year in Greater Washington for his leadership and impact on the global business community, and also became a Presidential Ambassador for Citizenship and Naturalization to help increase awareness regarding the contributions of new Americans.

Pati Jinich

Chef of the Mexican Cultural Institute, Washington, DC

Pati Jinich is a cookbook author, cooking teacher and chef of the Mexican Cultural Institute in Washington, DC and host of the PBS series, Pati’s Mexican Table. Pati was born and raised in Mexico City and comes from a family of accomplished cooks. In 2007, she launched "Mexican Table” an ongoing series of culinary programs. Her first cookbook, Pati’s Mexican Table: The Secrets of Mexican Home Cooking published in March 2013.

Pati is a regular guest on many television programs, and  has been featured in The Washington Post, The New York Times, Chicago Tribune, and other U.S. national and regional press. Pati was invited to cook at the White House for the President of the United States’ Cinco de Mayo celebration. She has a passion for promoting a healthy and balanced lifestyle for children and families, and is a member of Les Dames D’Escoffier, the International Association of Women Chefs and Restauranteurs, and the Kitchen Cabinet for the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History.

Susan Kamau

Chef at Kenyan Kitchen

Susan Kamau is a consultant, cook, and a lover of food, as well as the founder and chef behind Kenyan Kitchen. Her natural exuberance and talent for communication have led her to become Kenya's most celebrated chef. Chef Kamau is a champion for clean cooking in Kenya and is assisting the Alliance with its consumer outreach campaign in the country.

Sanjeev Kapoor

Chef at Khana Khazana India Pvt. Ltd.

Sanjeev Kapoor is the most celebrated face of Indian cuisine today. He is chef extraordinaire, TV show host, author of best-selling cookbooks, restaurant consultant, co-owner of a TV channel, and winner of several important national and international culinary awards. He is also working to help empower Indian women through clean cooking to become self-sufficient.

Luu Meng

Chef at Cambodia Hotel Association

Luu Meng is a native Cambodian who single-handedly developed some of Cambodia’s top kitchens and is at the forefront of the country’s dining revolution. Named in 2014 as Asia’s top chef, Meng is the head chef of Phnom Penh’s Malis restaurant, owner of the Almond Group of restaurants. The famed Khmer celebrity chef is known throughout Cambodia for his gourmet adaptations of traditional Cambodian dishes.