Anne McBride

Assistant Director, Torribera Center, The Culinary Institute of America; Barcelona, Spain

Anne E. McBride, PhD is the deputy director of the Torribera Mediterranean Center (TMC), a joint initiative of the University of Barcelona and The Culinary Institute of America, located in Barcelona. Through two master’s degrees, an industry leadership conference, and other efforts, TMC takes the Mediterranean Diet as starting point to connect leading-edge food and nutrition research with culinary, agricultural, and business innovation. She is also the program director for the CIA’s Worlds of Flavor® International Conference & Festival, widely acknowledged as the U.S.’ most influential professional forum on world cuisines, food cultures, and flavor trends, and for the CIA’s Global Plant-Forward Culinary Summit. A content provider, whether it is through writing, organizing conferences, or teaching, Anne holds a PhD in food studies from New York University, and focuses her research on the changing role of the chef in the 21st century. She regularly writes on topics related to professional and experimental cooking for both academic and consumer audiences, including past contributions to Plate, Bake from Scratch, Food Arts, Gastronomica, The Oxford Companion to Sugar and Sweets, Savoring Gotham, the Oxford Encyclopedia of Food and Drink in America, and Food Cultures of the World. She is the co-author of Les Petits Sweets and Les Petits Macarons with Kathryn Gordon, of three books with famed pastry chef François Payard, including Payard Cookies and Chocolate Epiphany, and of Culinary Careers: How to Get Your Dream Job in Food. She is also a part-time faculty member at the food studies departments at New York University and the New School. A native of Switzerland, Anne is the chair of the James Beard Foundation Leadership Awards, and a past board member of the Association for the Study of Food and Society, New York Women’s Culinary Alliance, and Culinary Trust. She is a frequent presenter and moderator at scholarly and trade conferences. (North Plainfield, New Jersey and Barcelona, Spain) @annemcbride