A true leader in the food industry, Principal Culinologist and Culinex Founder Mark Crowell is well-known in throughout the Research Chefs Association, an organization he is a founding member of and still remains active in 20 years later. With previous R&D leadership positions at Darden Restaurant’s 475 unit Olive Garden chain and later Starbucks, Mark has presented at numerous conferences on consumer insights as well as the development of natural and organic food products. In addition to being one of the first consultancies to focus on successfully bringing clean label products to market–since 2005–he wrote the first chapter to the new Culinology textbook released in March 2016. It’s no coincidence this was the same month Mark received the 2016 Pioneer Award at the RCA Conference in Denver, CO. Ever humble, he won’t even mention the most recent award unless prompted!
In this podcast interview, Mark tells how a failed Washington, D.C. restaurant may have been the catalyst propelling him into R&D and making him part of some of the fastest growth at Starbucks, where he served as Director of Food Product Development for seven years. He further discusses the specialty of Culinex, entrepreneurship, intrinsic food business leadership and selecting interns for their rapidly growing RCA internship program.
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