Born & raised in New York City, Clean Plate Co. owner Chimere Ward, has always had an interesting relationship with food.

 

Growing up within half Caribbean -American & half Southern cultural traditions, early exposure to  comforting fare & entertaining influenced her to delve into entrepreneurship, after getting laid off whilst beginning her own family. With just a couple of years out of college, married & expecting, she gained more interest in the importance of vitality in foods. Chimere happily ditched the unhealthy habits she became used to as a student. 

 

In 2009, Chimere sought volunteer work centered around the city's ever growing healthy eating movement. Working with Food Bank of New York's Cookshop program & Kitchen Pantry, raising money for No Kid Hungry & selling baked goods, propelled a keen business sense. Her passion was then paired  with dedication in bringing awareness to her community by sharing information on food & health. With assistance from her husband, Norbert Ward, the essence of family & love is the secret ingredient to every delicious dish.

 

By 2010, requests for meals soon came rolling in. Then came experiences of catering for Gap, Time Out New York,Chamber Music Society at Lincoln Center, to street vending at Hell's Kitchen Flea, Ridgewood Market, LIC Flea & Astoria Flea, and even hosting food events featuring live music & art exhibitions at La Maison d'Art, & CaveRock. Chimere was also featured in a commercial promo for "Chopped" & Hillshire Farm which aired on The Food Network .

 

All throughout this exciting culinary coaster ride, building great relationships with local purveyors keeps Chimere's focus of sustainability top priority for Clean Plate Co.'s Seasonal Comfort Cuisine & artisanal  preparation. Producing out of Hot Bread Kitchen's Incubator, growing a team of professional chefs, & an active member & mentor for SheChef LLC, Clean Plate Co. has become larger than expected & hopes to find greater success with product packaging & a commercial space in a  neighborhood near you!