The Culinary Trust

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Our Mission

The Culinary Trust gives culinary professionals the tools and opportunities to understand and act on critical issues in food.

The Culinary Trust started its corporate life on February 7, 1984 under the name Cooking Advancement Research and Education Foundation (CAREF). Its first Trustees were the late Julia Child, CCP, Shirley Corriher, CCP, and Marlene Sorosky, CCP. CAREF was a charitable foundation formed to support research and education in the broad fields of culinary studies, whether from a scientific, literary or practical standpoint. Among CAREF’s significant accomplishments was providing scholarships for culinary education and grants for culinary research at a time when the culinary field was emerging from its popular perception as a trade to its current status as a profession.

Recognizing the close affinity of its mission with the goals of the IACP, in 1994, CAREF changed its name to the IACP Foundation and spent the next ten years working closely with the IACP to promote culinary research and education, as well as charitable activities such as hunger relief. By 2004, however, the IACP Foundation saw a need and opportunity to expand its efforts to include the preservation of culinary heritage in our rapidly changing foodways. The IACP Foundation changed its name to the all-inclusive The Culinary Trust, reflecting its updated mission. While still working closely with the IACP, the Trust serves the broad public interest and is focused in giving culinary professionals the tools and opportunities to understand and act on critical issues on the world of food.

The Culinary Trust achieves its mission through scholarships and grants for students and professionals, culinary heritage preservation, educational programs, and grants for emerging professionals in culinary leadership, philanthropy and communication. For more information or to get involved please email


Board of Trustees

Ken Rubin, CCP, Chair

KenRubin_2013Ken Rubin, CCP, is a leader in culinary education, with twenty years of achievement as an education executive, food editor, food culture researcher, and consultant.  As a culinary anthropologist, he has gained an awareness of critical issues surrounding food and health, education and training, sustainability, and the role of food in society.  Ken is Vice President of Culinary Training at Rouxbe Cooking School, an online cooking school found in more than 170 countries.


Alexa Van de Walle, Secretary

Lexi BW square_face0Lexi is a food advocate, writer/health coach/chef/marketer, focusing on critical issues in food, nutrition, policy and sustainability. Founder of Lighthearted Locavore, she has worked on dozens of projects including: UN Commission on Sustainable Development (Host Committee), the NYC Food Charter, Child Nutrition Reauthorization/Slow Food Eat-in, and Social Enterprise at Kellogg 2011 where she and her husband are underwriting a university-wide case competition on food access. Lexi writes about local and federal food policy and creates recipes using locally sourced produce. Her articles have appeared in Huffington Post and Mother Earth News and her blog

She is co-author of FoodNYC: A Blue Print for a Sustainable Food System. Lexi’s prior career as a marketing and advertising executive spanned 25 years at Citigroup, Pfizer, American Express and Ogilvy and Mather. She has a MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management and attended the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and Peter Kump’s Cooking School where she received nutrition counseling and chef certifications.

Lara Nixon, Treasurer

Lara_NixonLara’s lifelong love of culinary traditions turned into a passion for cocktails and bar craft after being introduced to historical cocktails through antique manuals, which led to her re-envisioning classic cocktail recipes to include locally sourced and sustainable organic products. After studying bar craft in Santa Rosa, California, she founded Boxcar Bar, an Austin-based bartending and consulting service.
She is co-founder of Bad Dog Bar Craft, an artisan bitters producer, and her original cocktail recipes have won awards, as has Tipsy Tech, a spirits education program she co-developed with David Alan. Lara served as treasurer of the U.S. Bartenders Guild, Austin Chapter, from 2009-2011.

Anne E. McBride, Trustee

AnneMcBrideAnne McBride is the culinary program and editorial director for strategic initiatives at The Culinary Institute of America, where her responsibilities include leading the programming for the Worlds of Flavor® International Conference & Festival. She co-authored Les Petits Macarons: Colorful French Confections to Make at Home and Culinary Careers: How to Get Your Dream Job in Food, and two cookbooks with famed pastry chef François Payard. Anne is working towards a Ph.D. in food studies at New York University, where she taught for six years and is the director of the Experimental Cuisine Collective. She regularly writes on topics related to professional and experimental cooking, including contributions to Gastronomica, Food Arts, the Oxford Encyclopedia of Food and Drink in America, and Food Cultures of the World. She is also a board member of the Association for the Study of Food and Society and The James Beard Foundation Awards, and previously served as a two-term board member of the New York Women’s Culinary Alliance. She is also a judge for the James Beard Cookbook Awards. A native of Switzerland, she received a degree in journalism from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.

David McIntyre, Trustee

DavidMcIntyreDavid McIntyre, a culinary and food systems consultant, draws upon 30 years of experience in culinary education, food policy, restaurants, and retail operations.  His projects include an Hispanic Public Market in Portland, a food-entrepreneur training program in Albuquerque, and a USDA Specialty Crops Grant promoting increased local purchases among institutional purchasers. David is co-chair of IACP’s Food Policy interest section.



Gregory Silverman, Trustee

GregorySilverman2014Chef Gregory Silverman, MSc, is the Director of Share Our Strength’s national programmatic partnerships. In this role, Greg is responsible for overseeing the strategic development of national partners that can have a significant impact in helping No Kid Hungry meet its objectives for increased participation in the federal nutrition programs and Cooking Matters nutrition education efforts, as well as to help raise the profile of childhood hunger as an issue and the solutions offered through No Kid Hungry.

Before joining Share Our Strength, Greg worked in London as a food consultant for public sector organizations and the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames, was a multiple restaurant owner and chef in Ithaca, NY, and spent time as a U.S. Peace Corps volunteer in Mali.

Greg holds a degree in Anthropology from Ithaca College, a certificate in Culinary Arts from the French Culinary Institute and a Masters of Science in Food and Nutritional Policy from the Centre for Food Policy at the City University of London. He lives in Washington, D.C.

Raghavan Iyer, IACP Board Liaison

raghavan_cover_shot_smallA Bombay native, Raghavan Iyer is a cookbook author, culinary educator, spokesperson, and consultant to numerous national and international clients, including General Mills, Bon Apetit Management Company, Target, and Canola. He is the author of Betty Crocker’s Indian Home Cooking (Wiley, 2001); The Turmeric Trail: Recipes and Memories from an Indian Childhood (St. Martin’s Press, 2002, and also a 2003 James Beard Awards Finalist); and 660 Curries (April 2008, Workman Publishing). He received the coveted 2004 IACP Award of Excellence for Cooking Teacher of the Year, and was a finalist for a 2005 James Beard Journalism Award as a contributing writer for EatingWell magazine. His numerous articles have appeared in national food publications such as Cooking Light, Fine Cooking, Saveur, Weight Watchers Magazine, Cooking Pleasures, and the internationally renowned literary food magazine Gastronomica.



Erik Murnighan, Chair

Erik Murnighan worked in business and technology prior to following his passion for food to The French Culinary Institute, where he graduated in 2001. After having worked as a chef de cuisine in Vermont and a food and beverage director in Santa Fe, Erik returned to New York to pursue a career in culinary education. Erik brought his diverse experience to The International Culinary Center where he is the School Director. He is a mentor to many aspiring food and wine professionals and believes that education begins with encouragement.



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