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.
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 start The Kitchen, Boulder’s Community Bistro, with partners Hugo Matheson and Jen Lewin. The Kitchen is now a family of five restaurants (The Kitchen Boulder, Upstairs, Next Door Boulder, The Kitchen Denver and Next Door Glendale). 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 goal 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. In 2012, The Kitchen Community created 55 Learning Gardens and expanded its reach to Chicago. In 2013, nearly 60,000 children in schools across the country – namely in Chicago, Colorado and Los Angeles – were impacted by Learning Gardens.