Tom Gumpel '86

Tom Gumpel

Tom Gumpel ’86 is president of MDJ Baking and chef/owner of the Daily Bird restaurant, a unique chicken concept in downtown Sarasota, FL. Tom also serves a co-chair of The Culinary Institute of America’s Healthy Menus R&D Collaborative. From 2004-2018, Tom served as vice president of research and development for Panera Bread. In this role, he directed the creation, testing, and rollout of all menu items and was instrumental in the execution of the “Panera Clean Label Initiative” and “Panera No No List” to the company’s 2,400 bakery cafes. Before Panera Bread, Tom served as the associate dean of Baking and Pastry Arts for the CIA. During his time at the CIA, Tom led in the creation of the college’s first baking and pastry textbook, Baking and Pastry: Mastering the Art and Craft. In 1999, as captain of the U.S. baking team, Tom led the team to a championship in the Coupe du Monde de la Boulangerie in Paris, France. During his 35-plus years in the hospitality industry, Tom has worked in Norway, Japan, Mexico, and many cities across the country. (Sarasota, FL) @bornloafer