Because your business cannot survive by food alone, we invite you and your staff to sample the new education menu at the Ferdinand Metz Foodservice Forum. The Ferdinand Metz Foodservice Forum is providing the gold-standard, industry-leading educational content that is practical and relevant for today's foodservice professional. Industry leaders deliver real, applicable business lessons, the latest information on trends and best practices in the market, and their own opinions of what creates success. Through its co-location with events that bring together 15,000 Industry Professionals in each of the targeted geographical markets, the professional development impact it delivers to the industry is second to none. Ferdinand Metz, Master Chef and Head of the Culinary Institute of America for more than 20 years, has handpicked industry experts that will educate you.

The Ferdinand Metz Foodservice Forum Program is approved by the American Culinary Federation for Continuing Education Hours
  • Uncovering Hot New Trends
  • Increasing Revenue and Loyalty
  • Operational Excellence and Lowering Costs
  • Minimize Turnover while Building Winning Teams
  • Delivering Optimal Customer Experience
  • Menu, Cuisine and Profits
  • Minimizing Risk and Legal Issues
  • Boosting Beverage Earnings
  • Plus much more!

Bring Your Entire Team

Are you the Executive Chef? The Owner? The Manager? The HR Director? The Marketing Guru? The Director of Culinary Innovation? If you work in the restaurant and foodservice industry, you need to join the Forum. The Forum will provide everyone on your staff the most up-to-date information on the topics you need to bring your business to the next level.

The 2016 Conference Schedule 

To view the 2016 Program-at-a-Glance, click here.

Call for Speakers

We are seeking talented speakers who are objective, dynamic and have boundless enthusiasm for sharing their expertise and knowledge. Learn more and submit your session here.

Chef Metz

Chef Ferdinand Metz

Ferdinand Metz is a Certified Master Chef and President Emeritus of the Culinary Institute of America. He is also the past President of the World Association of Chefs Societies and the past Chairman of the NRAEF. Ferdinand Metz was selected to lead the Forum because of his breadth and depth of experience, which includes his influence on the American foodservice industry, and for his achievements in the culinary industry, having received the Lifetime Achievement Awards from the James Beard Foundation, the American Academy of Chefs, The World Association of Chefs and the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF). As the former Manager of the Culinary Team USA, Chef Metz led the team to three consecutive world championships and one World Cup, and was author of four editions of The Culinary Olympics Cookbook. His foodservice experiences include two apprenticeships in culinary arts and baking and pastry arts, 15 years as Senior R & D Manager of Heinz, as well as positions as Banquet Chef at New York's prestigious Plaza Hotel and Tournant at the renowned Le Pavilion restaurant in New York City. Chef Metz also founded Ferdinand Metz Culinary Innovations, LLC, a food service consulting firm and is the Managing Partner of the Master Chefs’ Institute. Ferdinand Metz complete biography.


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