Kimbal Musk is an entrepreneur and restaurateur who has founded and advised several companies and non-profits including: The Kitchen, The Kitchen Community, Zip2 (acquired by Compaq), PayPal (acquired by Ebay), Everdream (acquired by Dell), Tesla Motors (Publicly listed: TSLA), SpaceX, OneRiot (acquired by Walmart) and SolarCity. Kimbal sits on the board for Tesla Motors, SpaceX, Chipotle Mexican Grill, the Deming Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Colorado Boulder, and The Anschutz Health and Wellness Center at the University of Colorado, Denver.
After success in the technology business, Kimbal decided to pursue his passion for food and cooking and attended the renowned French Culinary Institute in New York City. Following graduation, he moved to Boulder, Colo. to co-found The Kitchen, Boulder’s Community Bistro, with partners Hugo Matheson and Jen Lewin in 2004. The Kitchen is a growing family of restaurants with locations across Colorado in Boulder, Denver, Glendale and Fort Collins and coming soon to Chicago. Since opening, The Kitchen has been named one of “America’s Top Restaurants” according to Food & Wine, Gourmet, and the James Beard Foundation.
The Kitchen created its 501c3 non-profit in 2011, The Kitchen Community, to further its mission of ‘Community Through Food’ by creating Learning Gardens in schools and communities across America. Learning Gardens are designed as a catalyst for community-wide behavioral improvements in childhood nutrition, socialization, and student achievement in under-served neighborhoods across the country.
In 2011, The Kitchen Community launched its first Learning Garden at Schmitt Elementary in Denver, CO. In 2012, The Kitchen Community created 55 Learning Gardens and expanded its reach to Chicago. In 2013, The Kitchen Community completed its 100th Learning Garden in Chicago and expanded operations in Colorado and California. Follow Kimbal on Twitter @Kimbal.