Greg Drescher

Vice President of Strategic Initiatives, The Culinary Institute of America; Napa, CA

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 strategic partnerships. He is the creator of the college’s Worlds of Flavor® International Conference & Festival (which celebrated its 20th year in 2018); the annual Worlds of Healthy Flavors Leadership Retreat, and the Menus of Change initiative, which are presented in partnership with the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health; and numerous other CIA “think tank” initiatives. Dubbed the “Flavor Hunter” by Bon Appétit, Greg was inducted into the James Beard Foundation’s Who’s Who of Food & Beverage in America in 2005, was honored with Food Arts’ Silver Spoon Award in 2006, and has received two James Beard awards for the CIA’s Savoring the Best of World Flavors DVD and webcast series. In 2008, he was appointed by the president of the National Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Medicine to its Committee on Strategies to Reduce Sodium Intake. Greg previously served on the James Beard Foundation Awards Board, and currently serves on advisory boards for University of California, Davis’ Agricultural Sustainability Institute and Olive Center. In 2011, he was inducted as a member of the Accademia dei Georgofili, Europe’s oldest agricultural academy. (Sacramento, CA) @CIALeadership