Advisors & Experts Network

Chantal Cooke
Chantal Cooke
Wales, United Kingdom

Chantal Cooke is an award-winning journalist, broadcaster, travel writer, and co-founder of the UK’s ethical radio station PASSION for the PLANET. She has been vegetarian for over 30 years and is passionate about promoting tourism as a force for good – especially when it comes to food. Her key focus is ethical and responsible food tourism, in particular helping restaurants and other food venues cater to, and benefit from, the growing vegetarian, vegan and flexitarian market. Chantal was appointed a London Leader in Sustainability by the Mayor of London for her work promoting green and ethical living. Chantal has worked as journalist / presenter for the BBC, commercial radio, national newspapers and magazines for over 25 years. She has reported from Bosnia and Northern Ireland, and written travel articles for the Independent on Sunday and The Guardian. In 2002 she set up PASSION for the PLANET, which broadcast on DAB and via the Internet, picked up a number of awards and attracted an audience of over 100,000. During that time, Chantal interviewed over 6,000 people. She is author of two books and has been featured in a number of business books and even a novel! In addition to her social links below, find Passion for the Planet on Twitter here and on Facebook here.

John Mulcahy
John Mulcahy
Dublin, Ireland

Originally a hotel management graduate, John gained international hospitality experience in hotels, fine dining, gastropubs, hotel schools, UN peacekeeping, and offshore catering. Subsequently, John had senior roles with the Irish National Tourism Development Authority over 17 years, culminating in responsibility for statutory tourist accommodation standards, food tourism development, and hospitality education. Concurrently, John gained an MA (Gastronomy), an MSc (Hospitality Management), and the WSET Diploma in Wine & Spirits. Now working autonomously, John helps stakeholders understand how critical the nexus of Food, Tourism, & Hospitality Education is to success, and contributes to publications and conferences regularly.

Erik Wolf
Erik Wolf
USA | UK | Spain

Erik is the founder of the food travel trade industry, and founder and Executive Director of the World Food Travel Association, the world’s leading authority on food and beverage tourism. He’s also the publisher of Have Fork Will Travel and author of Culinary Tourism: The Hidden Harvest. He’s also a highly sought speaker on food and beverage tourism. He has been featured in the New York Times, Newsweek and Forbes, and on CNN, Sky TV, the BBC, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, PeterGreenberg.com, and other leading media outlets.

Favorite cuisines – Italian, then India/Thai, then Levant (Middle Eastern). Favorite drink – red wine or hard cider. Favorite dessert – chocolate is always the correct choice. Favorite destination for food or drink – San Sebastian, Spain or Bologna, Italy. Where I want to travel (back to) for food next – Portland, Oregon, USA.

Founder, World Food Travel Association
Matthew Stone
Matthew Stone
Research Advisor - Chico, California, USA

Matthew serves as the lead research advisor for the World Food Travel Association. He is a professor at California State University (CSU)-Chico, where he teaches hospitality, food & beverage, and tourism. Dr. Stone co-authored the Association’s 2016 World Food Travel Monitor, and has also worked on projects for the United States Travel Association. His research has been presented at international conferences and appeared in academic journals including Tourism Management and Journal of Travel Research. Dr. Stone has been quoted as a travel expert in the media, including USA Today, Los Angeles Times, Smart Money, and Asian Hospitality. He is the Vice President of the Greater Western chapter of the Travel & Tourism Research Association (TTRA). Favorite cuisine – Tex-Mex. Favorite drink – Iced Tea or Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. Favorite destination for food or drink – Singapore. Where I want to travel for food next – San Sebastián, Spain.

Camille Hoheb
Camille Hoheb
Upstate New York, USA

Camille is one of the most recognized champions of wellness travel and is the President of Wellness Tourism Worldwide (WTW). At WTW, she leads consultancy engagements that assist governments, businesses, and entrepreneurs to capitalize on the US$500+ billion wellness tourism industry. She serves as an Ambassador for the World Food Travel Association to the wellness tourism industry.

Midgi Moore
Midgi Moore
Juneau, Alaska, USA

Midgi Moore, CCTP is the owner and Chief Eating Officer for Juneau Food Tours. She has lived in Alaska for more than 10 years and got her start in the culinary industry as a food writer and blogger. Midgi has worked diligently to tell Alaska’s food story, particularly in Juneau, seeking unique opportunities to share Alaska’s rich food story. Her company opened in 2015 and has hosted thousands of hungry visitors in Alaska’s capital city. She serves on the Advisory Board for the World Food Travel Association, from which she earned a Culinary Travel Professional certification. On the local level, she serves as President of the Juneau Downtown Business Association and on the board of Juneau Rollergirls, a non-profit roller derby league. She is also a Junior League volunteer and teaches 5th graders about entrepreneurship. Her passion for food and telling the story of Alaska have been noted in the New York Times, Washington Times, Washington Post, Vogue.com, as well as countless blogs and international and national television shows, including All the Best with Zita and Gordon Ramsey: Uncharted.

Stephan Durand
Stephan Durand
Haiti

Stephan Berrouet-Durand, born and raised in Haiti, is an award-winning chef and founder of the Gout et Saveurs Lakay – Haiti Food & Spirits Festival and Taste of Haiti in Miami. He has represented Haiti at many events including the White House for the celebration of Caribbean Cultural Month and the D.C. Embassy Chef Challenge, representing Haiti with 31 other countries. He is a member of the Haitian Culinary Alliance.

Chef Stephan has been published in several magazines such as Magic Haiti, N.B Magazine, Rebelle Magazine & Sanctuary Magazine, Le Nouvelliste, Ticket Magazine, World Footprint, Lakay Weekly and The Montreal Gazette. Stephan received a culinary degree from Johnson & Wales University and a B.A. in communications from the University of South Florida.

Gloria Rodriguez
Gloria Rodriguez
Madrid, Spain

Gloria represents the World Food Travel Association as a certified ambassador in Spain. She is one of the world’s foremost researchers of gastronomy tourism, and is an expert on gastronomy and gastronomy tourism in Spain. She also managed the Eat Spain Up! project for 3 years.

William Ortiz
William Ortiz
London, UK & Peru

William Ortiz is the Executive Chef at Pisqu London.

Veruska Anconitano
Veruska Anconitano
Dublin, Ireland

I’m a Freelance Food and Travel writer and also a Freelance Online Marketing Manager for food and travel brands and destinations from all over the world. I decided to start my food and travel blog in 2010, when I moved to Ireland. Since then, I’ve been working with brands, companies, tourism boards and magazines. The connection between food and travel is the thing I’m interested the most and it allows me to travel a lot to discover food, small local experiences and things that “normal” tourists don’t even know exist. Thanks to my experience, I’m also invited to speak regularly at international food and travel events (e.g. TBEX and similar) and an Ambassador of Italian Food in the World. I’m also a certified sommelier.

Check out my YouTube Channel.

Check out my other website.

Udi Goldschmidt
Udi Goldschmidt
Jerusalem, Israel

Since 2000, Udi has been creating food tourism adventures. Udi built the Bedouin style hospitality camp at the Massada National Park and established the Jerusalem Culinary Institute. As one of the founders of culinary tourism attractions, Udi is a popular speaker on the subject and a consultant to the Israeli Ministry of Tourism. He currently writes and publishes articles about the uniqueness of Israel as a food destination. In 2017-18, Udi served as the elected Chair of the Israeli Association for Culinary Culture. Currently Udi promotes the concept of the Culinary Museum of Israel while being the National coordinator for the Slow Food Chef Alliance. Udi is also a Certified Ambassador of the World Food Travel Association and a member of the Association’s Advisors & Experts Network.
Read Udi’s weekly blog.

Aashi Vel
Aashi Vel
San Francisco, California, USA

Aashi Vel is the co-founder and co-CEO of Traveling Spoon, a company that is changing the future of travel by creating meaningful travel experiences. Traveling Spoon provides travelers with private, authentic food experiences, from homemade meals to cooking classes, in people’s homes around the world. The company has been featured on Business Insider, TIME magazine and Forbes as the future of culinary tourism. Most importantly, the company has meaningful impact, not only on travelers but also on their hosts that are enabled to become micro-entrepreneurs, earning an income doing what they love. An industrial designer and patent holder with a deep passion for problem-solving, Aashi has designed several award-winning products. Aashi enjoys helping aspiring entrepreneurs by brainstorming an appropriate minimum viable product to get their companies started. She is a magna cum laude graduate of the Savannah College of Art & Design and received her MBA from UC Berkeley. Aashi also co-hosts the Association’s Eat Well Travel Better: The Business of Food Travel podcast.

Livio Colapinto
Livio Colapinto
Trani, Apulia, Italy

Quality, objectives and performances are my sweet & sour obsessions. When working as a consultant, my primary focus is understanding needs; then provide solutions; then implementing changes; then exceeding goals. Naturally born curious, I find relentless opportunities within my ever-evolving network of contacts. I am a forward-thinker and avid consumer of new experiences, challenges and knowledge. I enjoy being engaged and inspired by others and I like to aim at the big picture while constantly controlling relevant details. He is also a co-owner of Zest of Italy.  He has designed and managed projects in Food and Hospitality businesses, mentoring companies and leading start-ups such as Slow Food (IT and JP), Eataly (IT), LA Organic (Madrid, ES), Italia Club (Tokyo, JP), Eli Zabar (New York, US), Mozza Group (Los Angeles, US), One Off Hospitality (Chicago, US), Maison Troisgros (FR), Jagerwirt (AT), Fink Haberl (AT). He has also assisted international food professionals like Paul Kahan, Eli Zabar, Michel Troisgros, Oscar Farinetti, Chad Colby, Johanne Killeen, Don Madia, Therry Alexander, Erik Wolf, Ben Poremba, Werner Goach, Manfred Flieser, Faith Willinger, Benedict Beaugè, Corby Kummer, & Carlo Petrini.

Roberta Garibaldi
Roberta Garibaldi
Bergamo, Italy

Roberta Garibaldi is an academic professor with long-established expertise in wine and food tourism. She is also member of a number of scientific committee and editorial boards; among which she is member of the board of the World Gastronomy Institute and of the governing board of the Italian Society of Tourism Science (SISTUR). She participates in many conferences as a keynote speaker and has a long experience in coordinating and managing territorial projects both at international and local level. She has also been a speaker for the wine and food forum of United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO). She has authored several scientific publications, including monographs, curatorship and contributions in books, scientific journals and conferences’ proceedings. She is the author of the “Report on Gastronomy Tourism in Italy”.

Lionel Chee
Lionel Chee
Singapore

Graduated from Les Roches Hotel School Switzerland, he has spent more than 10 years in the hotel industry, 20 years running a heritage restaurant in Singapore and catering and presently promoting local heritage food as a licensed tour guide in Singapore and cooking lessons during his spare time. He is also the lead guide for a few travel agents and sits on the board of Society of Tourist Guides.

Maria Athanasopoulou
Maria Athanasopoulou
Thessaloniki, Greece

Maria Athanasopoulou first got involved with tourism in Greece when she started writing articles in 2008, as an amateur but soon afterwards in 2009, she becomes chief editor of the online, non-profitable e-magazine Taksidi 2 Greece. At the same time, she established the company Respond on Demand aiming to the promotion of all types of Greek tourism to travel agents abroad. She is a member of the International Association of tourism writers and photographers and participates with often articles to online magazines and electronic travel platforms. Gastronomy is the main focus of Top Tourism nonprofit company, where Maria is a co-owner. She has addressed speeches to several events concerning the important role of gastronomy to tourism development. She also serves as ambassador in Greece of the World Food Travel Association, supporting the development of food tourism in the region. She currently serves as the Association’s Chairperson of the Board of Directors.

Wojtek Osinski
Wojtek Osinski
Warsaw, Poland

Wojtek is an innovator with strong understanding of consumers and marketing. He manages the Taste Poland website. Previously, he successfully managed local and regional brands at Nestle. He’s a pragmatic & result driven team leader; a strategist with long-term thinking; and innovator; and of course, a food traveller & blogger. Wojtek serves as a certified ambassador of the Association in Poland.

favorite cuisine – Italian and Polish, of course

favorite drink – gin usually with tonic modern variations work too

favorite dessert – mango sticky rice

favorite destination for food or drink – Sicily and Tuscany, Italy

where I want to travel for food next – Andalusia, Spain

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