General Session Speaker

Lesa Holford

Corporate Executive Chef

The Ohio State University

Lesa is responsible for Dining Services’ overall menu planning, collaboration and research with our suppliers, and local food purchasing.  Her culinary expertise is constantly coupled with creativity and analysis to meet our student populations’ diverse and ever-changing dietary needs/requests.

Lesa joined our team in 2013, bringing broad technical experience in specialty retail, restaurant, banquets/catering and higher education.  She received her culinary education from The Culinary Institute of America, as well as additional professional programs including Certified ProChef, HACCP Certification, and multiple CIA Continuing Education Classes.