As today's culinary professionals, operators and business specialists look to
the trends shaping our lives in this business, the effects of food on our bodies
is a true focus. On June 10, The Culinary Institute of America (CIA) and the
Harvard School of Public Health opened the first Menus of Change
leadership summit. This powerful initiative will take place annually and is
designed to cause change in the way that culinary professionals look at their
responsibility to feed the world. The conference dealt with many issues among
which the top questions to be answered were:
- How can we make our most delicious foods healthful and environmentally sustainable?
- What if America's most talented chefs and today’s culinary students
were to collaborate with scientists and business leaders to find
business-friendly solutions to our obesity and healthcare crises and
food security issues around the globe?
- How can chefs and restaurateurs work in partnership with nutrition and
medical experts, and environmental scientists to help the business community
develop new models of innovation—and new, long-term business strategies—around
opportunities for the future of food and foodservice?
The initiative is led and governed by two distinct advisory councils, the
Scientific and Technical Council and the Sustainable Business Leadership
Council. These councils are comprised of some 25 individuals who have impacted
the industry through thought leadership during their careers.
Menus of Change is intended to help business leaders better understand
how people, the planet and profit impact the way we plan our future.
For instance, it is expected that the consumption of meat by Americans
will decline by 12% by 2014. In this case one would assume that a
prudent chef would begin to feature plant–centric dishes more
frequently and follow consumer trends to be more healthful in their
In short the conference caused discussion around the topics of wellness,
social responsibility, environmental sustainability and of course,
delicious foods. As we look to the future for our families, we must
all focus further on these topics and help build a stronger, more vital
place for our children’s children to flourish.
Download the Menus of Change Report PDF