The 2021 Chef Partner Awards and a Look Ahead Toward ChefConf ‘22

The Chef Partner Awards recognize partners who have built strong and meaningful relationships with both Chef and our mutual customers. Chef partners offer Chef solutions in specific locations, specialized verticals and customized deployments. Through submissions and internal Chef nominations, the Chef Partner Award winners are recognized by customers, peers, and industry leaders as some of the premier companies in the DevOps space.

2021 Partner Award Categories and Winners:

  • 2021 Partner of the Year – AHEAD
  • 2021 Emerging Partner of the Year - NCS
  • 2021 Emerging Partner of the Year – Honorable Mention- Climb Solutions
  • 2021 Technology Partner of the Year – TecRacer
  • 2021 Public Sector Partner of the Year - TapHere!

We are grateful and proud of your immeasurable contribution to the Chef community by delivering the solutions that enable customers to digitally transform and provide software at speed. Thank you for your continued partnership with Chef!

Meet the Winners

2021 Partner of the Year:


AHEAD is an IT consulting partner that specializes in melding technologies to drive a more holistic, automated service delivery platform. AHEAD helps our clients evaluate technologies in the marketplace, understand how they would integrate within their environment and long-term strategy, help procure the technology, deploy or implement, and optimize their environments for positive business outcomes.

2021 Emerging Partner of the Year:


NCS is a leading technology services firm, operating across the Asia Pacific, providing services and solutions in consulting, digital, technology, cybersecurity, and more.

2021 Emerging Partner of the Year – Honorable Mention:

Climb Solutions

Climb Channel Solutions, a subsidiary of Wayside Technology Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: WSTG), is an international specialty technology distributor focused on emerging technologies. Climb provides partners with access to Security, Data Management, Virtualization and Cloud, Storage and Hyperconverged Infrastructure, Connectivity, Software, and Application Lifecycle, and other technically sophisticated products.

2021 Technology Partner of the Year:


tecRacer is a modern and agile company with more than 130 employees throughout Europe. They not only achieved the Chef Principal Partner status but are also an AWS Premier Partner. The employees of tecRacer are aware of almost every functionality in Chef, but also have the slogan “make impossible things possible”. tecRacer wants to give back to the community, so they made the decision to be active contributors to multiple Chef projects like Chef core, InSpec core, or kitchen-vcenter driver. In 2019, they made the kitchen-vcenter driver enterprise-ready and made a lot improvements to the Chef ecosystem. In 2020, they created articles in the German and U.S. Admin Magazine and drove the implementation of remote Ohai. This year they established the first Chef SaaS Solution for European enterprise customers.

2021 Public Sector Partner of the Year:


TapHere! Technology is a small business that designs, builds, deploys, and sustains systems and software engineering solutions for the U.S. Federal Government. Through its technical experiences and strategic partnerships with companies like Chef, TapHere! continuously aims to help their customers accelerate how they deliver value to their missions. All of the ChefConf sessions are on YouTube. Feel free to watch, comment, subscribe, and share anywhere! If you share it on social, tag it with #chefconf or tag @chef, and we’ll help you spread the word.

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Manasa C R

Manasa C R is a Marketing Partner Development Specialist at Progress