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.

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

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.

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

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.

Among the vanguard of chefs who redefined French fine dining, Bouley also believed food had an important role in good health.

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

Restaurant Rewind: No, he’s not the person who started the awards program of the same name. Nor did he turn his home over to visiting chefs. The industry pioneer’s contributions are far more nuts-and-bolts.

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