Greg Drescher is vice president of strategic initiatives &
industry leadership at The Culinary Institute of America (CIA). He is
responsible for the college's thought leadership, strategic partnerships
and initiatives, industry conferences, and new media. Mr. Drescher
assumed his current title in 2011 after serving as executive director of
strategic initiatives for the CIA. In this role, he created the
college's influential Worlds of Flavor® International Conference &
Festival series, Worlds of Healthy Flavors Leadership Retreat in
partnership with the Harvard School of Public Health, and other CIA
"think tank" initiatives.
Mr. Drescher joined the CIA in 1995, and served nearly 10 years as
the first director of education for the college's campus in St. Helena,
CA, where he oversaw the development of the CIA at Greystone's program
of continuing and advanced studies.
Previously, Mr. Drescher was co-founder and program chairman of the
Boston-based Oldways Preservation & Exchange Trust. In this
capacity, he designed programs in the United States and throughout the
Mediterranean region, and jointly spearheaded a collaboration of some of
the world's leading health experts and organizations—including the
Harvard School of Public Health and the World Health Organization—in
researching and authoring "The Mediterranean Diet Pyramid: A Cultural
Model for Healthy Eating." The results of this research were published
in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition in 1995, creating much of the academic, public policy, and media interest in the Mediterranean Diet that followed.
In the 1980s, he served as national program director and later as
associate director of the American Institute of Wine & Food, an
organization co-founded by Julia Child and Robert Mondavi.
Mr. Drescher was inducted into the James Beard Foundation's Who's Who of Food & Beverage in America in 2005. The following year, he was honored with Food Arts
magazine's Silver Spoon Award. He has shared two James Beard Awards for
his work in developing the CIA's "Savoring the Best of World Flavors"
DVD and Web cast series.
In 2008, he was appointed by the President of the National Academy of
Sciences' Institute of Medicine to its "Committee on Strategies to
Reduce Sodium Intake," whose final report was published in 2010.