Chef (company)

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Chef Software, Inc.
IndustryComputer software[1]
HeadquartersSeattle, Washington, U.S.[1]
Key people
Barry Crist (CEO),[2] Adam Jacob, Jesse Robbins, Jez Humble
ProductsChef[1] Edit this at Wikidata

Chef Software, Inc. was an American corporation headquartered in Seattle, Washington, which produced configuration management software. It was acquired in 2020 and merged to become Progress Chef.


The company was founded as Opscode in 2008 by current Chief Technology Officer Adam Jacob, Jesse Robbins, Barry Steinglass, and Nathan Haneysmith.[citation needed] Chef is based in Seattle, with regional offices in Berlin, London, Belfast and San Francisco. In Sep 2015, Chef Chef was valued at $360 million after a $40 million venture capital funding round.[3][4]

In November 2015, the company acquired a German security startup, VulcanoSec.[5]

In 2019, it was discovered by a journalist that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement was paying Chef approximately $95,000 per year for a software license. At that time, a former Chef employee deleted his code repository in protest of the contract. The company did not announce any changes to its contracting processes or partners.[6]

In September 2020, the company announced[7][8] that it was being purchased by Progress Software with an intended final date in October. A press release gave the price of acquisition at $220 million.[9] The merged company was named Progress Chef.

Products and Licensing[edit]

Chef offered a single commercial product, Chef Automate, released at ChefConf in July 2016. Chef Automate includes a full-stack continuous deployment pipeline, and automated testing for compliance and security.[10]

Chef Automate builds on two of Chef's open source projects - Chef and InSpec - and integrates with the company's third open source project, Habitat. Habitat offers "application automation" to simplify running complex applications in different environments including containers, traditional data servers, or PaaS.[11][12][13]

Chef offered three versions of its product: Chef Basics (free, open source), Hosted Chef ($72/node, minimum 20 node purchase), and Chef Automate ($137/node, annual subscription).


  1. ^ a b c d e "Company Overview of Opscode, Inc". Bloomberg Businessweek. Retrieved 20 March 2012.
  2. ^ "Barry Crist appointed as Opscode CEO". 26 August 2013. Retrieved 15 November 2013.
  3. ^ "Devops software company Chef raises $40M with HP Ventures participating". VentureBeat. 9 September 2015.
  4. ^ "Chef Cooks Up $40M Funding, $360M Valuation". PitchBook.
  5. ^ "Chef acquires German security startup VulcanoSec, launches new compliance product - GeekWire". GeekWire. 3 November 2015. Retrieved 2015-11-03.
  6. ^ Sadeque, Samira (21 September 2019). "Former developer at software company deletes his code to protest its ties to ICE". The Daily Dot. Retrieved 11 February 2022.
  7. ^ "The Fourth Chapter of Chef Has Arrived: Progress to Purchase Chef". Chef Software. 8 September 2020.
  8. ^ "Progress and Chef—Now We're Cooking". Progress Software. 8 September 2020.
  9. ^ "Progress Announces Acquisition of Chef". Globe News Wire. 8 September 2020.
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  11. ^ "Chef™ Growth Soars in 2013". Retrieved 12 February 2014.
  12. ^ Richman, Dan (June 14, 2016). "Chef takes 'big risk' with release of Habitat, an open-source project for application management". GeekWire. Retrieved July 18, 2022.
  13. ^ Metz, Cade. "The Quest to Make Code Work Like Biology Just Took A Big Step". Wired.

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