Paul Clarke, Author and Hospitality Professional

Paul Clarke is director of customer solutions at Datassential, a Chicago-based food and beverage insights and marketing research company that specializes in innovation. Clarke was VP sales and marketing at Sandelman for 10 years and director of marketing at Technomic prior.

Early in his career, Clarke was editor at Chef magazine, read by 50,000 chefs, and a public relations executive, representing chef-driven restaurants and luxury brands. Clarke attended Tulane University and is a graduate of Loyola University Chicago, where he earned a BA in English literature and an MBA. He resides in Chicago and is the proud father of four.

About the author, Shawn

Chef Shawn has worked in almost every segment of the foodservice industry. He holds business degrees and certificates in Culinary Arts, Hospitality & Tourism Management, Accounting and Professional Sales. He is Certified Executive Chef (CEC) and a Certified Culinary Educator (CCE) through The American Culinary Federation. A Certified Culinary Professional (CCP) through the International Association of Culinary Professionals. He is the author of The First Timer’s Cookbook and The First Timer’s Bakebook. His work has been recognized nationwide as well as being a regular contributor to numerous food service publications and outlets and is the recipient of numerous awards-most recently the 2015 Culinary Educator of the Year through the local American Culinary Federation’s chapter-Beehive State Chef’s Association.

He the owner of multiple food service businesses and currently the host of the Business Chef Podcast.

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