Insider Access

Michael Mina, Mina Restaurant Group

Insider Access

Michael Mina, Mina Restaurant Group

Join our active community of change-makers and leaders. From test kitchens, labs and funding resources, to potential board members, partners and prospective investors–find and build the relationships you need to accelerate your work.

Cross-disciplinary Faculty

The FBS faculty is comprised of accomplished food industry practitioners, skilled teachers and dynamic professors from the world’s leading business schools who are passionate and knowledgeable about food.

World-Class Industry Leaders

Our network of remarkable leaders is accomplishing great things together. Get direct and personal introductions to the people and partners you need to meet.

Personalized Mentorship

Open to enrolled learners and our alumni, the FBS 1:1 Mentor Network connects you to top leaders in the food industry, including successful entrepreneurs, executives at Fortune 500 companies, venture capitalists, award-winning chefs and more. See our full list of mentors and learn more about the platform here.

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PROFESSIONAL FACULTY

Our faculty are among the foremost doers, makers, entrepreneurs and innovators from the worlds of education, business, design and technology. They share a passion for craft and mastery, but also for surprise and experimentation.

  • Robert J. Johnson

    Professor of History in the Liberal Arts/Applied Food Studies Department of The Culinary Institute of America.

  • Helene York

    Chief Procurement Officer, Guckenheimer Enterprises, Former Global Director, Responsible Business, Compass Group at Google, Former Director of Purchasing Strategy, Bon Appetit.

  • Steven Goldstein

    Partner, The Culinary Edge; CMO, Sharky's Woodfired Mexican Grill.

  • Chris Cornyn

    Chief Innovation Officer, BEFORE Brands

  • Don Buder

    Partner, Davis Wright Tremaine LLP

  • Justin Siegel

    Acting Director, Innovation Institute for Food and Health, UC Davis

  • Bruce German

    Professor and Chemist, Food Science and Technology, UC Davis

  • Matt Gregory

    Director of Innovation and Emerging Platforms, Plum Organics; Former Director of Operations & Supply Chain, Two Degrees

  • Sangita Forth

    Start Up Advisor; Chief Marketing Officer, Pique Tea; Former VP of Brand, Plum Organics; Former GM/Brand Director, Method Products

  • Tom Tomich

    Director, Agricultural Sustainability Institute Professor, UC Davis; Chair, Sustainable Food Systems, UC Davis

  • Nikki Silvestri

    CEO and Co-Founder, Silvestri Strategies

  • Neil Grimmer

    Founder and CEO, Habit; Co-Founder and Chairman Plum Organics

  • Kurt Huffman

    Owner & Managing Partner, ChefStable

  • Jaspal Sandhu

    Professor, UC Berkeley; Founding Partner, Gobee Group

  • Kyleigh Wawak

    Innovation Director, Ignite at Salesforce

  • Adia Benson

    Culinary Designer, gravitytank; Chef, Storyteller; Food Prototyping Expert

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PROFESSIONAL FACULTY

Our faculty are among the foremost doers, makers, entrepreneurs and innovators from the worlds of education, business, design and technology. They share a passion for craft and mastery, but also for surprise and experimentation.

  • Robert J. Johnson

    Professor of History in the Liberal Arts/Applied Food Studies Department of The Culinary Institute of America.

  • Helene York

    Chief Procurement Officer, Guckenheimer Enterprises, Former Global Director, Responsible Business, Compass Group at Google, Former Director of Purchasing Strategy, Bon Appetit.

  • Steven Goldstein

    Partner, The Culinary Edge; CMO, Sharky's Woodfired Mexican Grill.

  • Chris Cornyn

    Chief Innovation Officer, BEFORE Brands

  • Don Buder

    Partner, Davis Wright Tremaine LLP

  • Justin Siegel

    Acting Director, Innovation Institute for Food and Health, UC Davis

  • Bruce German

    Professor and Chemist, Food Science and Technology, UC Davis

  • Matt Gregory

    Director of Innovation and Emerging Platforms, Plum Organics; Former Director of Operations & Supply Chain, Two Degrees

  • Sangita Forth

    Start Up Advisor; Chief Marketing Officer, Pique Tea; Former VP of Brand, Plum Organics; Former GM/Brand Director, Method Products

  • Tom Tomich

    Director, Agricultural Sustainability Institute Professor, UC Davis; Chair, Sustainable Food Systems, UC Davis

  • Nikki Silvestri

    CEO and Co-Founder, Silvestri Strategies

  • Neil Grimmer

    Founder and CEO, Habit; Co-Founder and Chairman Plum Organics

  • Kurt Huffman

    Owner & Managing Partner, ChefStable

  • Jaspal Sandhu

    Professor, UC Berkeley; Founding Partner, Gobee Group

  • Kyleigh Wawak

    Innovation Director, Ignite at Salesforce

  • Adia Benson

    Culinary Designer, gravitytank; Chef, Storyteller; Food Prototyping Expert

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Guest Innovators

  • Diane Mina

    Founder and Creator of Diane’s Bloody Mary Mixers.

  • Debi Benedetti

    Founder and CEO of Beyond the Possible.

  • Amy Klein

    VP Product Innovation of SpoonfulOne.

  • Ron Tanner

    Vice President of Philanthropy, Government & Industry Relations for the Specialty Food Association, owner of the Fancy Food Shows®, and the publisher of Specialty Food Magazine.

  • Colleen McClellan

    Director of Client Solutions for Datassential.

  • Taylor Reid

    Assistant Professor of Applied Food Studies at The Culinary Institute of America.

  • Rocco Cardinale

    VP of Marketing at Franklin Foods (U.S. Subsidiary, Hochland SE of Germany).

  • Brooke Golden

    Vice President of Marketing and Innovation for Navitas Organics.

  • Philip Colicchio

    Co-founder of Taylor Colicchio LLP and Colicchio Consulting LLC.

  • Lisa Curtis

    Founder and CEO of Kuli Kuli.

  • Kara Nielsen

    Vice President of Trends & Marketing at CCD Innovation.

  • Steve Howard

    Founder and CEO of Appanite, Inc..

  • Eve Turow Paul

    Millennial expert and author of A Taste of Generation Yum.

  • Kara Goldin

    Chief Executive Officer and Founder, hint, Inc.

  • Gary Hirshberg

    Chairman, Stonyfield Farm and Managing Director, Stonyfield Europe; Chairman and Founding Partner, “Just Label It!"

  • Rusty Schwartz

    Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer, Kitchentown

  • Sophie Egan

    Director, Health and Sustainability Leadership and Editorial Director, Strategic Initiatives, The Culinary Institute of America

  • Laurie Demeritt

    Chief Executive Officer, The Hartman Group

  • Jon Sebastiani

    Founder of Sonoma Brands and KRAVE Pure Foods

  • Steve Case

    Co-Founder, America Online; Chairman and CEO, Revolution LLC; and Chairman, The Case Foundation

  • Karen Frank

    Partner, Coblentz Patch Duffy & Bass LLP

  • Naomi Starkman

    Founder and Editor-in-Chief, Civil Eats

  • Sam Kass

    Senior Food Analyst, NBC News; Chief Consumer Experience Officer, Innit; and Former Executive Director of Let’s Move!

  • Susan Mac Cormac

    Partner, Morrison & Foerster; Co-chair, Energy and Clean Technology Groups

  • Karen Trilevsky

    Founder, FullBloom Baking Company; Board Member, Smart Cookie Scholarship Fund and Food, Family and Farming

  • Cleveland Justis

    Executive Director, UC Davis Child Family Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship; Principal, Potrero Group

  • Lisa Mosconi

    Founder and Director, Nutrition & Brain Fitness Lab at NYU School of Medicine; Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, NYU

  • Kevin Brown

    CEO and Co-founder of Innit Inc; accomplished tech sector entrepreneur and executive

  • Dondeena Bradley

    Health and Well-being Expert; Global Head of Innovation at Weight Watchers; former VP of Nutrition Ventures at PepsiCo

  • Megan Mokri

    Founder and CEO, Byte

  • David Lee

    COO and CFO, Impossible Foods

  • Kirsten Tobey

    Founder and Chief Impact Officer, Revolution Foods

  • Sheryl O’Loughlin

    CEO, REBBL; Author, Killing It! An Entrepreneur’s Guide to Keeping Your Head Without Losing Your Heart

  • Justin Rheinfrank

    Interaction Designer, gravitytank; Concept Innovator; Excitement Generator

  • Elizabeth Glenewinkel

    Associate Partner, gravitytank; Experience Designer; Creative Educator

  • Kristin Groos Richmond

    CEO and Co-Founder, Revolution Foods

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Guest Innovators

  • Diane Mina

    Founder and Creator of Diane’s Bloody Mary Mixers.

  • Debi Benedetti

    Founder and CEO of Beyond the Possible.

  • Amy Klein

    VP Product Innovation of SpoonfulOne.

  • Ron Tanner

    Vice President of Philanthropy, Government & Industry Relations for the Specialty Food Association, owner of the Fancy Food Shows®, and the publisher of Specialty Food Magazine.

  • Colleen McClellan

    Director of Client Solutions for Datassential.

  • Taylor Reid

    Assistant Professor of Applied Food Studies at The Culinary Institute of America.

  • Rocco Cardinale

    VP of Marketing at Franklin Foods (U.S. Subsidiary, Hochland SE of Germany).

  • Brooke Golden

    Vice President of Marketing and Innovation for Navitas Organics.

  • Philip Colicchio

    Co-founder of Taylor Colicchio LLP and Colicchio Consulting LLC.

  • Lisa Curtis

    Founder and CEO of Kuli Kuli.

  • Kara Nielsen

    Vice President of Trends & Marketing at CCD Innovation.

  • Steve Howard

    Founder and CEO of Appanite, Inc..

  • Eve Turow Paul

    Millennial expert and author of A Taste of Generation Yum.

  • Kara Goldin

    Chief Executive Officer and Founder, hint, Inc.

  • Gary Hirshberg

    Chairman, Stonyfield Farm and Managing Director, Stonyfield Europe; Chairman and Founding Partner, “Just Label It!"

  • Rusty Schwartz

    Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer, Kitchentown

  • Sophie Egan

    Director, Health and Sustainability Leadership and Editorial Director, Strategic Initiatives, The Culinary Institute of America

  • Laurie Demeritt

    Chief Executive Officer, The Hartman Group

  • Jon Sebastiani

    Founder of Sonoma Brands and KRAVE Pure Foods

  • Steve Case

    Co-Founder, America Online; Chairman and CEO, Revolution LLC; and Chairman, The Case Foundation

  • Karen Frank

    Partner, Coblentz Patch Duffy & Bass LLP

  • Naomi Starkman

    Founder and Editor-in-Chief, Civil Eats

  • Sam Kass

    Senior Food Analyst, NBC News; Chief Consumer Experience Officer, Innit; and Former Executive Director of Let’s Move!

  • Susan Mac Cormac

    Partner, Morrison & Foerster; Co-chair, Energy and Clean Technology Groups

  • Karen Trilevsky

    Founder, FullBloom Baking Company; Board Member, Smart Cookie Scholarship Fund and Food, Family and Farming

  • Cleveland Justis

    Executive Director, UC Davis Child Family Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship; Principal, Potrero Group

  • Lisa Mosconi

    Founder and Director, Nutrition & Brain Fitness Lab at NYU School of Medicine; Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, NYU

  • Kevin Brown

    CEO and Co-founder of Innit Inc; accomplished tech sector entrepreneur and executive

  • Dondeena Bradley

    Health and Well-being Expert; Global Head of Innovation at Weight Watchers; former VP of Nutrition Ventures at PepsiCo

  • Megan Mokri

    Founder and CEO, Byte

  • David Lee

    COO and CFO, Impossible Foods

  • Kirsten Tobey

    Founder and Chief Impact Officer, Revolution Foods

  • Sheryl O’Loughlin

    CEO, REBBL; Author, Killing It! An Entrepreneur’s Guide to Keeping Your Head Without Losing Your Heart

  • Justin Rheinfrank

    Interaction Designer, gravitytank; Concept Innovator; Excitement Generator

  • Elizabeth Glenewinkel

    Associate Partner, gravitytank; Experience Designer; Creative Educator

  • Kristin Groos Richmond

    CEO and Co-Founder, Revolution Foods

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Advisory Council

Our Advisory Council is made up of some of the industry's most accomplished entrepreneurs and innovators, sector experts, and pioneering academics.

  • Robyn Rutledge

    FBS Advisory Council Co-Chair; Founder & CEO, SBG Consulting

  • Shally Shanker

    Founder and Managing Partner, AiiM Partners

  • Charles R. Palmer

    Renowned Master Chef and Entrepreneur; CEO, The Charlie Palmer Group

  • Michiel Bakker

    Director, Global Food Services; Former Senior Director of Food & Bev, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.

  • Don Buder

    Partner, Davis Wright Tremaine LLP

  • Sam Kass

    Senior Food Analyst, NBC News; Chief Consumer Experience Officer, Innit; and Former Executive Director of Let’s Move!

  • Ryan Shadrick Wilson

    Chief Strategy Officer and General Counsel, Partnership for a Healthier America

  • Laura Tyson

    Professor and Director, Institute for Business and Social Impact, U.C. Berkeley-Haas; Chairman, Blum Center for Developing Economies

  • Glenn Carroll

    Professor of Organizations and Senior Associate Dean, Stanford Graduate School of Business

  • Michael Kaufman

    Partner, The Astor Group; Former President, Metromedia Restaurant Group; Former Chairman of the Board, National Restaurant Association

  • Jon Luther

    Chairman of the Board, The Culinary Institute of America; Former Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board, Dunkin' Brands

  • Ed Colloton

    Managing Partner, Bessemer Venture Partners; Former COO, JP Morgan Capital

  • Heidi Neck

    Professor and Chairman, Entrepreneurial Studies, Babson College; Faculty Director, Babson’s Symposia for Entrepreneurship Educators; Co-Founder, VentureBlocks

  • Kristin Groos Richmond

    CEO and Co-Founder, Revolution Foods

  • Ellen Marram

    Former CEO, Tropicana; President, Barnegat Group; Operating Advisor, North Castle & Physic Ventures

  • Mark Erickson

    Provost, The Culinary Institute of America; Certified Master Chef (CMC)

  • Charles Merinoff

    Co-Chairman, Breakthru Beverage Group; Trustee, The Culinary Institute of America

  • Robert A. Muh

    CEO and Co-Founder, Sutter Securities Inc.; Adjunct Professor, University of San Francisco Law School; Co-Chair, FBS Advisory Council; Trustee, The Culinary Institute of America

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Advisory Council

Our Advisory Council is made up of some of the industry's most accomplished entrepreneurs and innovators, sector experts, and pioneering academics.

  • Robyn Rutledge

    FBS Advisory Council Co-Chair; Founder & CEO, SBG Consulting

  • Shally Shanker

    Founder and Managing Partner, AiiM Partners

  • Charles R. Palmer

    Renowned Master Chef and Entrepreneur; CEO, The Charlie Palmer Group

  • Michiel Bakker

    Director, Global Food Services; Former Senior Director of Food & Bev, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.

  • Don Buder

    Partner, Davis Wright Tremaine LLP

  • Sam Kass

    Senior Food Analyst, NBC News; Chief Consumer Experience Officer, Innit; and Former Executive Director of Let’s Move!

  • Ryan Shadrick Wilson

    Chief Strategy Officer and General Counsel, Partnership for a Healthier America

  • Laura Tyson

    Professor and Director, Institute for Business and Social Impact, U.C. Berkeley-Haas; Chairman, Blum Center for Developing Economies

  • Glenn Carroll

    Professor of Organizations and Senior Associate Dean, Stanford Graduate School of Business

  • Michael Kaufman

    Partner, The Astor Group; Former President, Metromedia Restaurant Group; Former Chairman of the Board, National Restaurant Association

  • Jon Luther

    Chairman of the Board, The Culinary Institute of America; Former Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board, Dunkin' Brands

  • Ed Colloton

    Managing Partner, Bessemer Venture Partners; Former COO, JP Morgan Capital

  • Heidi Neck

    Professor and Chairman, Entrepreneurial Studies, Babson College; Faculty Director, Babson’s Symposia for Entrepreneurship Educators; Co-Founder, VentureBlocks

  • Kristin Groos Richmond

    CEO and Co-Founder, Revolution Foods

  • Ellen Marram

    Former CEO, Tropicana; President, Barnegat Group; Operating Advisor, North Castle & Physic Ventures

  • Mark Erickson

    Provost, The Culinary Institute of America; Certified Master Chef (CMC)

  • Charles Merinoff

    Co-Chairman, Breakthru Beverage Group; Trustee, The Culinary Institute of America

  • Robert A. Muh

    CEO and Co-Founder, Sutter Securities Inc.; Adjunct Professor, University of San Francisco Law School; Co-Chair, FBS Advisory Council; Trustee, The Culinary Institute of America

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