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The Culinary Crusader Awards

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La Cocina

The Mission: Champion food artisans.

San Francisco is full of incredible cooking talent—some established, some still struggling. La Cocina, which supports immigrant women who want to launch their own food businesses, brilliantly taps into that network. It’s 80 volunteers, who range from chefs to CPAs, help women like Cristina Besher of Kika’s Treats, do everything from developing recipes to bookkeeping.

Photo © Dunja Dumanski

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