Leaders

Individuals influencing the direction of the restaurant industry

Restaurant newsmakers

They made the boldest headlines in what was indisputably an up-and-down year. The ups were rocket shots to nosebleed heights, and the downs were just as extreme—catastrophic, yet wellsprings of outrage and surprise. Here are six individuals who contributed to the rollercoaster ride.

A South Carolina company in the heart of tobacco country decides it needs help in stoking the testosterone-laced operation with talent. Who better to handle the task than a highly educated local...

Q. What’s the best advice you were ever given? A. My grandmother Edna [husband] David and I were with her when she bowed her head and died at age 96) gave me the best advice ever: Use your gifts. Q...

Fred DeLuca never reduced the formula for building the world’s largest restaurant chain into a neat sound bite of a philosophy, but he was quick to cite two pillars to his thinking, be it about...

News of Chef Paul Prudhomme’s death last week shook the restaurant industry—and particularly the New Orleans culinary scene, for which the chef and his French Quarter restaurant, K-Paul’s Louisiana...

The legendary chef had been more engaged for the last 25 years in building a spice supply business than he had been in running his restaurant, but his influence continues to be felt in kitchens...

Michael Mina has built an empire operating higher-end restaurants. But the next concept on tap for him is a bit different than the rest. In fact, it didn’t start out as a restaurant at all. “We were...

Why Quiroz? “If Gini represents the next generation of leadership, we are all in amazing and capable hands,” says Joni Doolin, CEO and founder of workforce-data firm TDN2K. Quiroz, 33, heads up...

Was there a mistake in the early days that proved a particularly valuable lesson? Oh lord, there are so many things. Probably the biggest mistake was trying to do what we did with no money. I...

Jerry Murrell was too convulsed with laughter to answer the question: Had he made any memorable mistakes in the early days of Five Guys Burgers and Fries? “You’re kidding, right?” responds the 71-...

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