The Meal That Heals


2017 chefs

Billy Dec

Billy Dec is a two-time Emmy Award Winning Entertainment TV Personality, Actor, Attorney at Law, and CEO/Founder of Rockit Ranch, a premier hospitality & entertainment company operating award winning restaurants, bars and nightclubs. Dec is regularly seen on NBC's Today Show and acting on shows like Empire, Criminal Minds, Chicago Fire & American Crime Story. He is now also producing movies with his recently formed production company, Elston Films.

Dec is a Presidential appointee serving on the White House Advisory Commission on Asian American & Pacific Islanders & the White House Bullying Prevention Task Force. His educational background includes the Chicago-Kent College of Law & the Harvard Business School. He received the “Excellence in Business Award” from the State of Illinois, and the State’s Attorney’s Community Leadership Award. Dec is also an active philanthropist, having focused his efforts over the years in various organizations like The Greater Chicago Food Depository, Make-A-Wish®, Lookingglass Theatre, and formerly served as the Director of Cultural Relations for the 2016 Olympic Committee.

Jesse Goldstein