UMass Amherst to Host “Tastes of the World” Chef Culinary Conference on Healthy Food and Flavor

AMHERST, Mass. – The University of Massachusetts Amherst will continue its emphasis on promoting healthy food options by hosting this year’s 12th annual “Tastes of the World” Chef Culinary Conference on healthy food and flavor. The international gathering of campus food professionals will be held June 5-9 in the Campus Center and Hampshire Dining Commons, and includes a presentation by renowned chef Jacques Pepin.

“Our conference will feature leading figures from the culinary world as we take a look at how we, as chefs, can advance the cause of great tasting and healthier food choices for campus food services,” said Ken Toong, director of university dining and retail food eatery.

The conference will feature nutritional science researcher Frank Hu of Harvard University, celebrity chef Jacques Pepin, master chef trainer John Ash, chef Ana Sortun of Oleana Restaurant and vegetarian cookbook author Deborah Madison. Also on hand will be Canadian green grocer Pete Luckett, bread master Mark Furstenberg of Bread Line, UMass Amherst food science professor Eric Decker, members of Johnson and Wales University and Steve Sweeney, CEO of the world’s largest food management company, Chartwells.

This event is co-developed and presented by UMass Amherst Auxiliary Services and Johnson and Wales University.

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