Andrew Hunter, Research and Development Expert
Hunter is a research and development chef with 20 years experience in culinary development and product innovation. As former vice president of culinary development for Wolfgang Puck, Hunter was responsible for translating Wolfgang’s signature fine dining vision into profitable fast casual menu concepts for 90+ Express and Bistro units throughout the United States, Canada and Japan. Hunter currently develops retail and consumer food products for companies including Wolfgang Puck Worldwide, Niman Ranch, Martha Stewart, Kikkoman and Gourmet Garden. He serves as Executive Chef for Niman Ranch and Foodservice and Industrial Chef for Kikkoman. Before joining Wolfgang Puck, he was president of a product development company focused on developing new menu concepts and innovative recipes for chain restaurant groups, and packaged foods for retail food manufacturers. Prior to establishing his company, he managed the culinary operations for Darden Restaurants’ 525-unit Olive Garden chain and developed the retail food offerings for webvan.com, an Internet grocer.