Tracy Chang

Tracy is a chef and owner of the restaurant PAGU, located in Cambridge, USA where the majority of her employees are from immigrant backgrounds. During the coronavirus pandemic, she co-founded Off Their Plate, an initiative that aims to feed health and essential workers whilst trying to restore jobs and livelihoods of restaurant workers affected by the pandemic. Alongside Ken Oringer (chef at Little Donkey, Toro Uni and Coppa) and Natalie Guo (Harvard Medical school student), she mobilised resources around a social cause that has served to provide resources for restaurants whilst producing food mainly for hospitals. The initiative is designed to help vulnerable communities such as immigrant families that are struggling to get access to food. By partnering with restaurants, the initiative ensures that families receive nutritious food safely, served efficiently. Now Project Restore Us is working on refining and scaling the model whilst searching for multiple sources of funding. The project is sponsored by CommonWealth Kitchen.