Drexel becomes food-central at its Philly Chef Conference

Drexel University culinary students Greg Ng and Erika Ellefsen (right) preparing a meat dish in the Drexel Food Lab during Drexel's Chef Conference in 2015.

What was a simple annual meeting among the Philadelphia food and restaurant community at Drexel University has expanded into an annual international conference about food topics.

Day 1 of the Philly Chef Conference - 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Sunday, March 5 - is open to the public. Speakers will include Stephen Jones of Washington State University, a leading researcher in the field of wheat; M. Pilar Opazo of Columbia University, speaking about creativity and innovation in the kitchen; and Kerry Brodie, founder of Emma's Torch, which provides culinary training to refugees. 

Info and schedule are here.

Monday's programming is aimed at students in Drexel’s Center for Hospitality and Sport Management as well as people in the trade.  

Coverage of last year's event is here.