Mitchell Davis

Executive Vice President, the James Beard Foundation; Author, Kitchen Sense (Clarkson Potter, 2006)

With the James Beard Foundation since 1993, Mitchell is a cookbook author, a food journalist, and a scholar with a Ph.D. in Food Studies from NYU. He has created and overseen many important initiatives at the Beard Foundation, including an annual conference on sustainability and public health in the food system. Most recently he was on loan to the USA Pavilion at Expo Milano where he served as Chief Creative Officer, directing the design, content, and programming for the pavilion’s American Food 2.0: United to Feed the Planet theme—with 6.2 million visitors, the most popular at the world’s fair. Davis holds a chair on the Academy of the London-based World’s 50 Best Restaurants program. His most recent cookbook, an electronic collaboration with chef Laurent Gras, called My Provence, won two IACP awards in 2013. 

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