Board of Directors

Erik Wolf
Erik Wolf
Founder & Executive Director - Portland | London | Barcelona

Erik is the founder of the food travel trade industry, 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
Lionel Chee
Lionel Chee
Board Member - 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.

Suzanne Storms
Suzanne Storms
Board Member - Hong Kong, China

Suzanne Storms, Principal Instructor of International Cuisine at the International Culinary Institute in Hong Kong, was raised in the northeastern United States.

Her cultural curiosity and dedication to hospitality has led her to China, The United Arab Emirates, South Korea, and back to China.

Her focus includes the development of culinary educational programmes, curriculum, and content, teaching, and research on work integrated learning placement and its influence on the career success of culinary professionals.

Her professional interests include the work culture of chefs, hospitality development and management, and higher education.

Jose Maria de Juan Alonso
Jose Maria de Juan Alonso
Board Member - Madrid, Spain

José María has had a long career as an international tourism consultant, always involved in the enhancement of the cultural and natural heritage, sustainable tourism  and the creation of products and services for niche tourism markets.

Through his own company KOAN Consulting he has worked extensively in product design and marketing of food and wine tourism for a variety of regions and countries. Currently he serves as the training director for the Spanish Wine Tourism Association. He also shares the position of Technical Secretary of ITER VITIS – The European Vineyard and Wine Routes.

He is currently involved in different food system and food tourism development projects, such as the EU Project “Sustainable Food System for Development within the Social Economy in Europe”, launched in November 2017. He is also a lead in the new project “Los paisajes de la Sierra de Madrid se sientan a la mesa” (The landscape of the Madrid Sierra sits at the table), the first integral approach of responsible food tourism developed in Spain, with a pilot at the regional level financed by the Madrid regional Government. He also serves as Scientific Advisor of FoodTreX Pamplona, held yearly in Pamplona (Navarra, Spain).

Maria Athanasopoulou
Maria Athanasopoulou
Board Chairperson - 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.

Brian F. Lorge
Brian F. Lorge
Board Member - Chicago, Illinois, USA

Foodservice and craft beverage industry management services, marketing and consulting expert with 39 years of industry experience drawing from single and multi-unit operations management at all levels. Over 15 years in foodservice distribution senior management for Fortune 100 leader including Corporate Executive Chef, Brand Manager and 10 years as VP of Marketing. Currently, President/CEO of award winning agency for 11 years, Executive Director of three American Culinary Federation Chapters: Michigan Chefs de Cuisine, the Windy City Professional Culinarians and the ACF Cleveland Chefs. Vice President of Marketing for Baderbräu Brewing Company; Vice-Chairman, Sec./Treas., Certified Ambassador & Certified Culinary Travel Professional (CCTP), World Food & Travel Association and freelance writer, editor and publisher for Foodtrekker. Current/past clients include ACF National office; the Michigan Restaurant Association, Lansing, MI; Master Food Brokers, Chicago; Tyson Foods; Levy Restaurants: Ford Field & The Detroit Lions; Sweet Baby Ray’s Barbecue Restaurants & Catering Company/True Cuisine, Wood Dale, IL; Steve & Rocky’s, Rocky’s of Northville and Rocky’s Rotisserie, Weber’s Inn, Westborn Markets (3 stores) in Suburban Detroit; Moonraker (2 units), Battle Creek; Hamburg Enhanced Recreation Organization, Hamburg Twp., MI; and many other DMO’s, NGO’s, Chambers, manufacturers, distributors, brokers, schools and private clubs.

Wojtek Osinski
Wojtek Osinski
Board Vice Chair - Warsaw, Poland

Wojtek is an innovator with strong understanding of consumers and marketing. He manages the Taste Poland website and offers food and beverage tourism consulting as needed. 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 Vice Chairman of the World Food Travel Association’s Board of Directors, as well 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