Chef Stories

Meet the Top Culinary Minds

Chef Gary Patterson

Chef Gary Patterson

Executive Research Chef | Director of Culinary Science, CEC®
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Chef Rachel Gooding

Research Chef
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Chef Len King

Senior Research Chef, CEC®, CRC®
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Chef Andreas Pias

Senior Research Chef | Culinary Nutrition, CRC®
Chef Gabby Quintana

Chef Gabby Quintana

Senior Research Chef | Culinary Mixologist
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Chef Gary Patterson

Executive Research Chef | Director of Culinary Science, CEC® Chef Gary Patterson

Chef Gary is our Executive Research Chef and Director of Culinary Science. He and his team work directly with global consumer brands, restaurants, and food manufacturing companies to create consumer, branded, and custom food products. He leads the Culinary Development Chef team, focusing on the creation of fresh and innovative food solutions, and provides support and guidance for McCormick’s Technical Innovation Teams.

Chef Gary’s accreditation include the American Culinary Federation’s Certified Executive Chef and The Culinary Institute of America’s Pro Chef III Certification. His experience at McCormick and 21-year history with The Walt Disney Company, Inc. has earned him respect throughout the food industry. His passion for flavor continues to make him a trusted partner for many of the largest food companies in the world.

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Chef Stories

Meet the Innovators

Chef Adam Walker

Adam Walker

Chef | Panache
Baltimore/DC
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Chef Philip Speer

Chef | Uchi/Uchiko Restaurants
Austin, TX
Chef BJ Smith

Chef BJ Smith

Executive Chef & Owner | Smokehouse Tavern
Portland, Oregon
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Rise & Shine To Global Tastes – Wake Up to Worldly Flavors

Flavor Forecast |
2017
Bob Boardman

Bob Boardman

Manager, Cultivator | Tarkill Aquaculture
Onancock, VA
Chef Elizabeth Falkner

Chef Elizabeth Falkner

Chef | Author | TV Personality |
Manhattan, NY
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Chef Gregory Gourdet

Executive Chef | Departure
Portland, OR
Jacob Lefenfeld

Jacob Lefenfeld

Co-Owner and Bar Manager | La Cuchara
Baltimore, MD
Alessandro Porcelli

Alessandro Porcelli

Founder & Director of Cook It Raw |
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Chef Amanda Cohen

Executive Chef and Owner | Dirt Candy
Manhattan, NY
Chef Irene Li

Chef Irene Li

Chef Owner | Mei Mei Restaurant
Boston, MA
Kevin Kossowan

Kevin Kossowan

Founder | Story Chaser Productions | "From the Wild"
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Chef Scott Cannon

Chef Scott Cannon

Executive Chef | Cork & Craft
San Diego, CA
Chef John Placko

John Placko

Founder | Modern Culinary Academy | Powder for Texture
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Featured ChefChef Adam Walker

Adam Walker

Panache | Baltimore/DC | http://www.panachefinecatering.us/ Chef Adam Walker

Adam Walker started cooking when he was 15 years old, after being recruited from the ranks of dishwasher when he was helping a family friend’s business. He went on to earn his degree in Culinary Nutrition from Johnson & Wales University in Providence, RI. In the 15-plus years since Adam has helped open restaurants, managed full service kitchens, and worked in food R&D before becoming a part of the Panache Fine Catering team.  His culinary knowledge spans a varieties ethnic cuisines and all levels of food presentation, from simple to elaborate.

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