The Research Chefs Association 20th Annual Conference and Culinology Expo was held in Puerto Rico, and it was a great success! Even though it was a further trip for some of the members, we still had over 800 chefs, product developers, and professionals attend. Multiple cooking competitions, including the first ever food-waste competition, were held at the student and professional levels. Top notch educational sessions covering topics from emerging food trends and cutting edge technology were presented.
I sat down with a few of the members and leaders, including Pinnacle Foods’ Chef Christopher Posner and Cherilyn Whitehouse, Tyson Foods’ Dr. Jason Behrends (new RCA President), and Pecan Deluxe Candy Company’s Chef Kami R. Smith (RCA Director of Membership) to get their thoughts about the conference and why they love it.
I also chatted with Allan Hancock College’s Culinology Program Coordinator Christine M Bisson about a crowdfunding effort she’s doing to spread the word about Culinology on her college’s campus. The funding campaign ends on April 17, so get donating! https://crowdfund.hancockcollege.edu/
Finally, this year, I received a President’s Award for the podcast efforts and for featuring the research chefs of the RCA. Want to join the conversation? Let me know if you have some R&D advice to share or are interested in becoming a sponsor. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for details.