HUNGRY Leadership Recognized with the Prestigious “Entrepreneur of the Year” Award from Ernst & Young

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HUNGRY has adapted during challenging times under the steady guidance of its founders

Throughout the pandemic, Grass and Pahlevani have remained steadfast in their commitment to create positive social impact through their entrepreneurial venture.

HUNGRY, the national food & engagement platform, powered by top local chefs, today announced that two of its top executives have been named winners of Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of The Year® 2020 Mid-Atlantic awards. Both HUNGRY CEO Jeff Grass and HUNGRY founder and president Shy Pahlevani received the esteemed honor.

Known as one of the most prestigious business awards in the country, EY’s Entrepreneur of The Year Awards celebrate the country’s most innovative business leaders. The program recognizes the endeavors of the exceptional men and women who create the products and services that keep the world’s economy moving forward. Since its inception, the awards have grown to include programs in more than 145 cities and more than 60 countries worldwide.

“It’s an honor to receive this award and to be included among such incredible entrepreneurial talent in the Mid-Atlantic region, especially amidst the challenges that this year has brought to so many,” said Grass. “I feel especially lucky to lead a team of hustlers who embody the definitions of dedication, ingenuity, and hard work.”

Following a successful 2019, HUNGRY was on pace for a record-breaking 2020. When its growth trajectory was upended by the COVID-19 pandemic, HUNGRY leveraged its advanced technology & logistics platform to introduce a number of new businesses under the guidance of Grass and Pahlevani, allowing the platform to be born again via an array of new services.

Recent innovations led by Jeff and Shy include virtual chef experiences, full-service pop-up restaurant experiences, and high volume meal delivery services.

“What began as a technology platform for chefpreneurs has quickly grown into so much more, and this distinction highlights the impact we’re making across the industry,” said Pahlevani. “Our technology has proven capable of pivoting amidst a global crisis, and it’s evolved into a platform that has the capability to help other businesses and people succeed.”

Throughout the pandemic, Grass and Pahlevani have remained steadfast in their commitment to create positive social impact through their entrepreneurial ventures. Since March, HUNGRY has delivered over 5 million meals to at-risk seniors, raised over $125,000 dollars to feed essential workers, and continued to donate one meal for every two meals sold via the HUNGRY platform to feed those in need, surpassing 500,000 meals provided to help fight hunger in the U.S.

To learn more about HUNGRY and its innovative founders, visit


HUNGRY was founded by serial entrepreneurs Eman Pahlavani, Shy Pahlevani and Jeff Grass, as a revolutionary technology connecting independent chefs with the $60 billion business and events catering market. HUNGRY has gained the attention of several high-profile investors, including the likes of Jay-Z’s Marcy Venture Partners, Kevin Hart, Usher, Todd Gurley, Bobby Wagner, Ndamukong Suh and chefs Tom Colicchio and Ming Tsai. HUNGRY is committed to improving the communities it serves. Through its ‘Fight Against Hunger’ program, HUNGRY donates one meal to those in need for every two meals sold via its platform. The company’s ‘WeRecycle’ program promotes environmental waste reduction by offering biodegradable plates and cutlery with its delivered meals. HUNGRY is headquartered in Washington, D.C. and has rapidly growing operations in Philadelphia, Atlanta, Boston, New York City, Austin and Dallas. For more information, visit

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