Helping people achieve their dreams

At SilverChef we have a clear purpose – to help people achieve their dreams. We help hospitality entrepreneurs start or grow their businesses. For our people, we provide of the world’s best workplaces. And we’ve proudly worked with Opportunity International to lift 1.5m people out of poverty.

1.5m people out of poverty

By working with Opportunity International, we’re helping people in poverty to start their businesses too. Through a simple microloan – often as little as $70 – Opportunity International helps people in developing countries to start or expand their business.


The loan can be used to fund business purchases from seeds for a farm, to a sewing machine for a clothing business. Microloans help people build a future for themselves, their families and their communities.


In partnership with Opportunity International, SilverChef is happy to have helped 1.5 million people out of poverty.


Proud to be a B Corp

B Corps are a new type of company that use the power of business to solve social and environmental problems. To become a B Corp, SilverChef passed a rigorous assessment process that evaluated us on social, environmental and a wide range of other measures.

As part of the B Corp community, we believe in using business as a force for good; creating a positive impact for our people, our communities and the world. You can find out more at the B Corporation website.

About our founder

Australian entrepreneur Allan English started SilverChef in 1986 with a very practical purpose – to help hospitality businesses succeed. After almost 15 years in business, Allan wanted to make an even bigger impact. He started donating to microfinance organizations, giving women in developing countries a chance to start businesses that would lift them out of poverty.

In 2010 Allan created the English Family Foundation to support social entrepreneurs tackling some of the challenging issues facing the world. He’s been recognized with the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award and been included in the AFR’s list of 21 true leaders changing Australia for the better.