Dan Kish '88

Dan Kish

Dan Kish '88 brings over 25 years of culinary experience to Panera Bread. Kish came to Panera in 2005 as the Director of Product Development. In 2007, Dan was promoted to Vice President, Food, and now serves as Senior Vice President, Food. In this role, he is responsible for development and innovation of the Panera Bread cafe menu including sandwiches, salads, soups, and beverages. He also plays an integral role on Panera’s Food Action Team, which leads efforts on clean ingredients, transparency and having a positive impact on the food system.


Previous to his time with Panera, Dan was an Associate Dean for Culinary Fundamentals at his alma mater, The Culinary Institute of America. He also served as a professor at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

Dan’s lifelong curiosity and love of food led him to study at the CIA, and he graduated with honors. He has edited thousands of recipes and has appeared on Good Morning America, Food Network and FOX & Friends as well as in publications, including The New York Times, Cooking Light and Martha Stewart Living. (Millbrook, NY)