Greg Drescher is vice president of strategic initiatives and industry leadership at The Culinary Institute of America, where he oversees leadership initiatives for the foodservice industry, including conferences, invitational leadership retreats, digital media, and academic and strategic partnerships. He is the creator of the college’s Worlds of Flavor® International Conference & Festival and a portfolio of initiatives jointly organized by the CIA and Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, including Worlds of Healthy Flavors; Healthy Kitchens, Healthy Lives; and the Teaching Kitchen Collaborative. Greg also launched a complementary initiative, the Menus of Change University Research Collaborative, co-presented by the CIA and Stanford University in association with 30 leading American colleges and universities.
In 2005, Greg was inducted into the James Beard Foundation’s Who’s Who of Food & Beverage in America, in 2006 was honored with Food Arts Silver Spoon Award, and in 2007 and 2009 shared a second and third James Beard Award for his team’s work in developing the CIA’s “Savoring the Best of World Flavors” digital media series, filmed on location around the world. Before joining the CIA 21 years ago, he jointly spearheaded a multi-year collaboration of some of the world’s leading health authorities—including the Harvard Chan School and the World Health Organization—in researching and authoring the “The Mediterranean Diet Pyramid: A Cultural Model for Healthy Eating.” In 2011, he was inducted as a member of the Accademia dei Georgofili, Europe’s oldest agricultural academy based in Florence. (Napa Valley, CA)