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Trade Show Talk Podcast

May 19, 2022

We don't hear from the chefs in our industry nearly enough. This particular chef is covering a TON of ground with the properties he is working with, so he was the perfect guest for this episode.

Chef Jeff gives us insight from his perspective about working with event organizers on menu development, some trends he is seeing and his company is working towards, and more.

Chef has an affinity for eco-friendly practices in food and beverage also, so we learn about some of that as well.

Jeff Leidy
Senior Executive Chef-West at Sodexo Live

Chef Jeff Leidy, Senior Executive Chef-West at Sodexo Live, is one of those lucky people who found his calling at a very young age. He began his four-decade-long career as a culinary professional at the age of 16, starting as a busboy in a steak and seafood house, where he quickly moved into the kitchen and fell in love with the culinary arts.  

Before assuming his current role at venue hospitality partner Sodexo Live!, where he is responsible for overseeing all culinary operations for the Western U.S. and Canada, Leidy acted as the regional chef for the organization, overseeing culinary operations at the San Diego Convention Center and surrounding area venues.

Chef Jeff graduated with honors from The California Culinary Academy in San Francisco and launched a career that has included working in major and minor league sports, convention centers, museums, zoos and other cultural destinations. 

Jeff's Instagram is @LeidyJeff


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