Imagine having a chef-cooked meal in your own home, delivered to your door, and you made it yourself! Once this may have been a dream, but Kyle Ransford, founder of Chef’d based in El Segundo, has made it a reality right here in the South Bay. Kyle will share more about his experience with start-ups and the journey of launching Chef’d at this year’s South Bay Business Mavericks Gala & Grant Awards.
Look Who’s Speaking at South Bay Business Mavericks 2016:
Founder and CEO, Chef’d
Kyle Ransford is the Founder and CEO of Chef’d. Since launching last year, Chef’d is widely regarded as having revolutionized the meal kit delivery business through the company’s level of choice, re-ordering flexibility, and cost savings. Additionally, there is the luxury that Chef’d offers customers as they shop for meals at any time without the hassle of membership or subscription fees. The company, which has partnered with established chefs, notable culinary personalities and trusted organizations, further sets itself apart through the ability to fulfill fresh ingredients direct to consumers on a national basis for major brands.
Kyle is a proven entrepreneur who has successfully started several businesses, including Cardinal Investments (a commercial, residential and resort real estate developer) and Bank of Manhattan (a community bank in Los Angeles, CA).
He has extensive investment banking experience having previously worked at Hoolihan Lokey and Halcyon Asset Management, LLC. Kyle has been on the other side of the transaction as well as having successfully raised more than $50M for his own startup companies.
Why we believe Kyle Ransford is a Maverick:
Raising millions of dollars to launch a start-up in the world of on-demand scratch-made food delivery services is no easy task — but a business maverick like Kyle may make it seem effortless. Having a strong investment banking background and start-up experience means Kyle has a unique set of skills and insight, plus that spark of entrepreneurship to launch a business from just an idea. This takes grit and courage which are some of the qualities that we believe define a business maverick.
Inspiration & Community:
The inspiration for Chef’d came to Kyle while flipping through a magazine one day and coming across a great recipe. Kyle wondered, “Why can’t I literally press a button and have this gourmet meal shipped to my door?” A year later, Chef’d was born and is credited with changing the meal kit landscape. Understanding the importance of healthy eating as an essential part of living well, Chef’d has taken steps to ensure that there are plenty of choices for their customers living with diabetes and customized options to suit the healthy lifestyle that many of us in the South Bay community are accustomed to living.
We’re very honored to have Kyle Ransford join us as a panelist at the 2016 South Bay Business Mavericks Gala & Grant Awards on October 19th. You don’t want to miss it!