Dr Gerrie du Rand is an associate professor in the Department of Consumer and Food Sciences in the Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences. She is recognised academically nationally and internationally as a researcher and expert in the field of Food and Hospitality related consumer behaviour. Her specialty area of interest is Food Tourism and the use of Local foods in culinary mapping. Gerrie’s research experience comprises food related consumer behaviour in the culinary field and consumer-related food product development. Her current extensive involvement with post graduate students focuses on topics ranging from consumer food practices and behaviour, culinary practices, innovative culinary product development and food tourism. She is currently involved in various research projects, the CoE project on Consumer Aspects of Food Safety of Fresh produce, Food waste management and Food security of University of Pretoria (UP) Students. She was awarded Dux Docens award for the best lecturer at UP for 2009 and two best paper awards at international conferences in 2010 and 2015.