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Industry Innovators 2022: 10 Caterers and F&B Pros Making Their Mark on the Hospitality Industry

Despite the challenges of the last two years, these chefs, catering company execs and other F&B professionals are bringing a new level of artistry and creativity to the table.

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Photo: Courtesy of Kashif Browne

While every facet of the event industry faced its challenges over the last couple years, it’s arguable that the catering and F&B industry encountered more than most. After all, how do you create single-serve, COVID-safe options without sacrificing presentation and quality? What impact will new safety measures have on sustainability efforts? Are buffets really dead?

Through it all, the innovative professionals on this list continued to study and improve their craft—finding clever ways to accommodate the ever-changing regulations, to incorporate interesting new flavors, to keep expanding their businesses and most of all, to offer a delicious and memorable experience for eventgoers.

Click through the profiles below to learn how they each got their start in the F&B industry, insights into their most memorable dishes and events, details on their all-time favorite foods and what the idea of "innovation" means to them.

Adam Haverland
Executive Chef, JW Marriott, Anaheim Resort

Adelee Cabrera
Vice President of Operations, Elior North America

Alexa Babbin Winter
Chief Events Officer, Pinch Food Design

Bill Hansen
CEO, Bill Hansen Hospitality Group

Fausto Pifferrer
Co-Founder, Blue Elephant Events and Catering

Kashif Browne
Executive Chef, Ridgewells Catering

Lauren Koeppe
CEO and Co-Founder, Create Hospitality

Lucas Margulis
Founder and President, HIGH BAR Hospitality & Event Group

Robin Selden
Managing Partner and Executive Chef, Marcia Selden Catering

Thomas Whelan
Director of Banquets, Levy Convention Centers

About the list: Our Industry Innovators features are compiled by our editorial team using a variety of resources, beginning with sifting through dozens of public nominations and conducting internal research on all people nominated. The idea is to go beyond the biggest names in the biz—though it has plenty of those too—and dig deep into the industry professionals who are using truly innovative thinking to push the boundaries of live experiences.

If someone has previously been named a BizBash Innovator, they are not eligible for the list. Check out our full Industry Innovators Hall of Fame here, and head here to tell us who should make out future lists!

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