Zalmi Duchman is an angel investor, entrepreneur and food-tech pioneer. In 2005, Duchman, at the age of 25, launched The Fresh Diet, a meal subscription business. He began operations on January 1, 2006 with three clients. While Duchman “shopped and dropped,” his wife “cooked and packed.” By 2013, Duchman grew his business to become the largest U.S. food producer in the freshly-prepared, daily delivery category – delivering meal plans to thousands of clients nationwide. Duchman sold the fresh diet to a publicly traded company in 2014.
Consequently, Duchman and The Fresh Diet have earned numerous prestigious accolades over the years, including making the Inc. 500 list consecutively in 2010, 2011 and 2012, the Forbes Top 20 Most Promising U.S. Companies List in 2011 and 2012, as well as being an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year nominee in both 2009 and 2011. The Miami Herald named Duchman as one of Miami’s leading 20 under 40.
Duchman helped the company achieve high profile exposure by securing national placements without a PR company or fees. By using social media in its early years, The Fresh Diet landed on The View twice and was named U.S. Weekly magazine’s “Diet of the Year.” Duchman starred in a company TV commercial for Chase bank as well as rung the bell at the NYSE as part of Startup America’s entrepreneurs of the year. The Fresh Diet was named as a top 100 SBA Company as well as had their winning video submission played at the National SBA conference. In April 2012, Duchman had the privilege to attend the President’s signing of the Startup Act in the Rose Garden. Duchman has been actively following the crowdfunding space while staying current with the exciting opportunities it now brings to the average investor.
Duchman is currently the operating partner of Homemade Meals, Ayesha Curry’s family orientated meal-kit business.