The taste of inspiration

Givaudan’s Chef’s Council
  • From council to concept
  • Chef’s Councils lead to breakthroughs
  • A catalyst for culinary innovation
  • A panel of world-class chefs
  • Explore our Chef’s Council editions
From council to concept
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Creating the future of food requires creativity, innovation, an open mind and a lot of passion. Fittingly, those words also encapsulate the work of the world’s great chefs. 

Over a decade ago, we realised that we could extend our capabilities and find culinary inspiration by collaborating with these masters. Givaudan’s Chef’s Council was born.

Givaudan’s Chef’s Council includes some of the world’s most respected and renowned chefs, providing a direct line to culinary trends from across the world. Our panel of leading restaurant chefs is at the edge of culinary artistry, focused on the pursuit of taste perfection.

From council to concept

Each gathering of the Chef’s Council helps us to go beyond current thinking and stay one step ahead of specific food and drink challenges. The external collaborators work upfront with our internal chefs and extended teams to understand the challenge, then to brainstorm, ideate, imagine and create food experiences together.

Chef’s Councils lead to breakthroughs
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In the world of flavour and taste there is nothing quite like Givaudan’s Chef’s Council. The results have been sensational, often leading to breakthroughs the industry has never seen before. 

Jordi Rocca
Jordi Roca (El Celler de Can Roca) Girona, Spain
A catalyst for culinary innovation
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A catalyst for culinary innovation

A Givaudan’s Chef’s Council is full of energy and activity, and is also a starting point for a long journey of review, research and refinement. Back at our many sites across the globe, cross-functional teams use the outcomes of each Chef’s Council to create new concepts, ultimately leading to commercialisation. We identify exciting areas for scientific exploration to give our customers surprising, new and delicious solutions. Over the years, we’ve spanned the globe and created solutions for an amazingly broad range of topics:


Napa, California – Chicken and FlavourVision®


Cincinnati – Vanilla


Barcelona – Beef and FlavourVision®


Hong Kong Umami and kokumi


New York City – Freshness


Amsterdam – Beyond sweetness


London – The Protein Challenge

By engaging world famous chefs, Givaudan’s Chef’s Council is one way that Givaudan co-creates the future of food, bringing the best solutions to our customers.

A panel of world-class chefs
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A panel of world-class chefs

Some of the leading chefs who have worked with us on Givaudan’s Chef’s Council:

Alex Atala (D.O.M. Restaurant) São Paulo, Brazil
Alex Stupak (Empellón Cocina) New York, USA
Alvin Leung (Bo Innovation) Hong Kong, China
Amanda Cohen (Dirt Candy) New York, USA
Andrea Blanco Prieto (La Gaia) Cuernavaca, Mexico
André Chiang (André) Singapore
Atul Kochhar (Benaras) London, UK
Barry Lim (OZO Wesely) Hong Kong, China
Beau MacMillan (Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain) Arizona, USA
Chantelle Nicholson (Tredwells) London, UK
Cristina Bowerman (Glass Hostaria) Roma, Italy
Daniel Holzman (The Meatball Shop) New York, USA
Flavio Solórzano (El Señorio de Sulco) Lima, Peru
Giancarlo Perbellini (Ristorante Perbellini) Verona, Italy
Helena Rizzo (Mani Restaurant) São Paulo, Brazil
Joan, Josep and Jordi Roca (El Celler de Can Roca) Girona, Spain
Patrick Lassaque (Wynn Hotel) Las Vegas, USA
Paul Virant (Vie Restaurant and Perennial Virant) Chicago, USA
Wylie Dufresne (wd-50 and Alder) New York, USA

Explore our Chef’s Council editions
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Explore our Givaudan’s Chef’s Council editions

London 2019
Givaudan’s Chef’s Council London 2019
Givaudan's Chef's Council Amsterdam
Givaudan’s Chef’s Council Amsterdam 2018
Givaudan’s Chef’s Council New York City 2014
Givaudan’s Chef’s Council New York City 2014
Givaudan’s Chef’s Council Hong Kong
Givaudan’s Chef’s Council Hong Kong 2010