reThink Food
The Culinary Institute of America MIT Media Lab

The reThink Food Annual Leadership Conference is the first conference to bring together a diverse group of thought leaders and innovators at the intersection of technology, behavior, design, and food. Our assembled speakers, experts, and provocateurs will spotlight areas of innovation all along the food industry’s chain of supply and demand—from agriculture to the consumer food experience—and offer solutions for rethinking the future of food amidst radically changing food markets around the globe.

Addressing the questions and issues that are crucial to the work of today’s chefs, foodservice operators, retailers, food producers, and market disruptors in all sectors of the food industry, the 2016 reThink Food program focused on the next chapters of innovation for both emerging and long-established companies. Sessions highlighted data science and what big numbers can tell us about what the world wants to eat; the accelerating personalization of food and health; science and the senses and what makes us love or hate new foods; craftsmanship as a foundation for innovation and growth (with a reconsideration of perceived constraints); creative and technological perspectives on the future of the kitchen; frontiers in agriculture with implications for food security, food safety, and flavor; and rethinking the wine experience. Entrepreneurs shared secrets behind their success and lessons learned through their failures, while scholars will provide top-level context to illuminate the ways in which technology, food, and food experiences collide.

A unique collaboration between The Culinary Institute of America and the MIT Media Lab, the three-day conference invites chefs and other food industry leaders; academics; and innovators in R&D, technology, consumer package goods, marketing and related fields to join us for networking opportunities, cutting-edge research that will widen perspectives, and business-friendly solutions for the challenges and imperatives that face us.