Featured Sessions

 Priya Krishna - Feeding Generation Z


Priya Krishna is a regular contributor for The New York Times, Bon Appétit, The New Yorker, and the author of the cookbooks Indian-ish and Ultimate Dining Hall Hacks. She is also a regular contributor to Bon Appetit’s YouTube channel demonstrating the basics of Indian-ish cooking (her demonstration of Dahi Toast has almost a million views). She is a graduate of Dartmouth College.

Generation Z - typically individuals born after 1997 and now enrolling as undergraduates in our colleges and universities – is the most racially diverse generation in US history. What tastes like home, then, is more diverse than ever. Combine that with a generation eager to explore food and share every bite on social media, and you have a demand for a dining hall that inspires creativity, exploration and innovation - both in menu development and team building. Journalist Priya Krishna digs into what makes Generation Z tick and how to meet the challenge.

Elle Simone Scott - The Meaning of Mentoring


Elle Simone Scott started her career as a social worker, but transitioned into the culinary world, where she’s melding the two fields by fostering mentorships and learning through her networking community, SheChef.  Her career has been an example of constant reinvention and evolution, but at its base, her story is one of overcoming obstacles, finding resources and teachers, and then reaching back to lend a hand to others and lift them up. What is the value of mentorship, especially in developing a diverse team? How can you be a mentor? How can you find one to help lift you up? She is also a culinary producer and food stylist, and is the first black woman on America’s Test Kitchen. "One of the greatest pleasures of my life is that I have never stopped learning about good cooking and good food." - Edna Lewis