Individuals influencing the direction of the restaurant industry


McDonald's changes its supply chain leadership

Executive Summary: New executives with Chili’s, Corner Bakery, Noodles & Company, CKE Restaurants, Cornerstone Restaurant Group, Dig, Skyfire, Vintner’s Resort, Hathaway’s Restaurant and Skyfire.


Meet the 2024 class of James Beard Award-winning chefs

Many of these winners are known regionally, but not on a national level. Who are these culinary stars, where do they cook, and what did they wear to the awards ceremony?

Choi, who was well known as a restaurant investor and advisor, sold the self-serve frozen yogurt concept in 2022.

Exclusive interview with Chris Tomasso, First Watch's CEO, discussing his 2024 IFMA Gold Plate Award and leadership strategies. Learn about the company’s unique daytime dining model, emphasis on fresh ingredients, and approach to seasonal menus. Discover how First Watch aligns with health and wellness trends while maintaining a strong customer experience through technology.

Executive Summary: Daniel Smith becomes president of the fast-casual taco chain, Smoothie King hires a new VP of real estate and more.

The Washington, D.C.-based multiconcept operator also received an investment to fuel its growth.

Executive Summary: CEC Entertainment named Scott Drake CFO, Topgolf added Maryam Morse as chief people officer, Jersey Mike's promoted Jamie Kapalko to VP and general counsel, and more recent restaurant executive news.

Henry will assume the seat vacated by fast-casual veteran Bill Moreton. At age 50, she becomes the youngest member of Cracker Barrel's board.

Bakker will succeed Tim Ryan, who moves to the position of chancellor of the Culinary Institute of America.

The documentary recounted his 30-day regimen of eating nothing but McDonald's food. It became an anthem of sorts for critics who faulted fast-food chains for their contribution to America's obesity epidemic.

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