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Flavor, Culture, Healthfulness:
The Future of College Dining Menus


The award winning Tastes of the World Chef Culinary Conference, will once again take place on the beautiful campus of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, on June 16-21, 2013. This will be the 19th consecutive year for the culinary conference to advance food choices in college and university food service.

As always, we will feature plenary sessions by some of the nation's leading experts and innovators in the field, as well as providing numerous presentations/workshops by a variety of accomplished chefs.

We are at the pivotal time for campus dining. Our customers want foods that are full of flavors and are good for them while embracing environmental responsibility. American food is increasingly becoming global. Our menus are influenced by food from Asia, Latin America and the Mediterranean and our customers are drawn to bolder and assertive flavors from a broad range of cultures. Our theme for this year: "Flavor, Culture, Healthfulness: The Future of College Dining Menus" will provide you with inspiration to create dishes to entice your diners in search of something new, exotic, healthy and delectable.

We will explore the regional foods of America along with influences from Asia, Europe, Latin America, and the Mediterranean. We want food to be a vehicle that creates excitement, builds community and offers great value as well.

UMass's annual Tastes of the World Chef Culinary Conference is highly regarded as the place to be for volume food service operators such as campus chefs, to learn more about world cuisines, food cultures, and flavor trends, in a supportive encouraging environment. The conference showcases the gold standards of college cuisines and hones the culinary skills of attendees.

As always, we expect to host an impressive entourage of experts, as well as some of the finest members of Johnson & Wales University and The Culinary Institute of America, who will share their knowledge and oversee many workshop sessions and demonstrations. Of course, the conference will culminate with an ACF-sanctioned team competition, one of the most popular events.

Please visit this site often as it will be updated regularly. Mark your calendar and plan to register early, as many of the events become "sold out" as time approaches the conference date.

Ken Toong

Ken Toong
Executive Director and Chair