Founder, Chief Executive Officer
Matt is the founder and CEO of Cooks Venture. Prior to Cooks Venture, he founded and served as COO of Blue Apron, the trailblazing meal-kit company that reimagined the way food is produced, distributed, and prepared for home chefs. Matt developed and managed Blue Apron’s supply chain, led a team of over 5,000 manufacturing employees at six national centers, and built a network of over 250 farmers, ranchers, and agronomists. Matt’s goal is nothing short of building a food system for the future, changing industrial agriculture and creating a regenerative system to reverse climate change while providing consumers with food choices that are exceptional in quality and taste. He serves on the boards of Goodwill International and The Charlie Cart Project, which works to educate the next generation about the connections between food, health, and the environment.
Executive Vice President
Blake is a third-generation poultry farmer and the founder of Crystal Lake Farms, one of the first companies to raise slow-growing chicken at scale, and an early adopter of the Global Animal Partnership 5-Step Program. Blake’s drive to build a better bird was inherited from his grandfather, Lloyd Peterson, whose Peterson Male was the gold standard rooster worldwide in the 1980s and 1990s.
Vice President of Operations
After eleven years in the Armed Services, Mark built a career in poultry operations with over two decades of hands-on experience at Wayne Farms, Foster Farms, and most recently Zacky and Sons Poultry. Mark’s commitment to process excellence is matched only by his commitment to developing leadership at all levels of the organization.
Director of Genetics
Over a 50-year career, Richard has become a leader in poultry genetics, designing breeder programs to meet the needs of existing and emerging growth markets. His most well-known work can be seen in the Ross, Avian, Rainbow, and Peterson poultry lines. Richard has served once as Chairman of the Poultry Breeders Roundtable Symposium, and twice as President of Poultry Breeders of America.