Chefs Collaborative, a group that champions local and sustainable food, has named Bruce Sherman, chef/partner of North Pond restaurant in Chicago, as chair of its Board of Overseers. Sherman, who has served on the board since 2005, brings extraordinary talent and commitment to his new role. Sherman was honored by Food & Wine as one of America’s “Best New Chefs” of 2003; and in both 2007 and 2008, he was nominated by the James Beard Foundation in the “Best Chef: Great Lakes Region” category. In 2008, Share Our Strength named him “Most Sustainable Chef” at the Chicago Taste of the Nation event.

The Chefs Collaborative board has also appointed two new members. Thom Fox is executive chef of Acme Chophouse in San Francisco, a restaurant that highlights his passion for local and sustainable ingredients. Chad Pawlak is president of Grass Point Farms, in Thorp, Wis., the first and only nationally distributed grass-fed dairy company.