Individuals influencing the direction of the restaurant industry


First Watch CEO Chris Tomasso among IFMA Silver Plate Award winners

The 70th annual awards from the International Foodservice Manufacturers Association recognize leaders who have made lasting contributions to advance the foodservice industry.


NYC's Institute of Culinary Education celebrates Jacques Pépin and his educational legacy

Pépin was a founding dean of the French Culinary Institute, a training ground for some of today’s most influential chefs.

Restaurant Rewind: A chef, educator, author and early TV star, the relocated Frenchman helped to popularize fine-dining. And then there was his time at Howard Johnson's.

He was involved in the daytime dining chain for 38 years, many of them spent as CEO. "Ken's impact and influence is—and will forever be—felt throughout our organization," current CEO Chris Tomasso said.

Executive Summary: Wendy's has a new tech chief and Captain D's makes plans for global expansion with an executive hire.

Julie Masino wants to accelerate the family dining chain's rejuvenation efforts and menu evolution.

Known for his work with Wolfgang Puck Worldwide and Thomas Keller Restaurant Group, Essa is tasked with helping the casual-dining concept grow around the world.

Executive Summary: Jim Metevier was elevated to chief executive of the pizza chain and Christopher Meyer is retiring from the Outback Steakhouse parent after two decades.

Executive Summary: Michael Kark becomes president of global licensing at Shake Shack and more restaurant leadership shifts.

Williams, previously president of Taco Bell International, will assume her new role at the fast-casual grilled chicken chain on March 11.

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