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CEO, Restaurant Associates

Ed Brown is CEO of Restaurant Associates, delivering hospitality excellence in some of the country’s best restaurants, top cultural attractions, premier corporate organizations, leading higher education institutions, and notable catered events. Ed is a chef first and for three decades has embodied Restaurant Associates’ mission to make a difference for guests, the planet, and the communities we serve through the power of food and a culture of CARE.

A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, Ed has worked in some of the most celebrated kitchens in the world and has earned wide acclaim in the industry, including a Michelin star and 14 stars from The New York Times. Under Ed’s leadership, the New York Times named Tatiana by Chef Kwame Onwuachi as the number one restaurant in NYC for 2023.

Ed is a frequent guest on NBC’s Today Show and CBS’s Morning Show, competitor and judge on several Food Network shows, and the author of The Modern Seafood Cook. Ed was honored at C-CAP’s 2023 annual national benefit for his leadership in the food industry and sits on the board of the New York Common Pantry.

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