Hear Joi Chevalier’s journey in our ongoing Off-The-Shelf series. A veteran of corporate America turned chef and entrepreneur, Joi combines her technology background with culinary arts as the CEO of The Cook’s Nook. The Cook’s Nook is a culinary incubator that provides kitchen production space, co-working, business and entrepreneur development, corporate services, food service, and channel and capital access for food entrepreneurs in the food+tech space.
Joi is a vocal advocate for women and African Americans in technology and also through food entrepreneurship. She regularly partners with corporate brands on developing entrepreneurial processes within corporate environments. She often speaks to audiences about entrepreneurship, food+tech; product management; data, personalization, and customization.
In 2018, she was the first African American woman to run for Comptroller of the State of Texas. Today, that experience helps her to connect policy to action in the areas of entrepreneurship and the food+tech. Joi serves on the Board of Directors of Annie’s List.
Joi established the Chevalier Fellows, which focuses on bringing Black and Brown consumer packaged goods businesses into the food industry through her role as a board member of Naturally Austin. Joi holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Arts from The University of Texas at Austin. She is an honors graduate of the Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts.