Chef Judson Allen : Hachette Speakers Bureau

Chef Judson Allen

Celebrity Chef “Architect of Flavor”, Healthy Cooking Expert, Food Network Star Alum, Entrepreneur, Author of “The Spice Diet”, and Professor

Chicago native, Judson Todd Allen is the CEO and Executive Chef of Healthy Infused Cuisine, LLC, a premier cuisine company with clients such as national radio and TV talk show host Steve Harvey and Walgreens. Chef Judson is currently partnering with the Former CEO of McDonalds, Don Thompson, on his new venture – Cleveland Avenue, LLC, a food and beverage accelerator and venture capital firm. As Culinary Lead and Head Chef, Judson consults with clients and entrepreneurs as well as oversees the menu ideation and development for their restaurant - Taste 222.

Chef Judson had a passion for food early in life. It led him to earn a degree in Food Science/Human Nutrition at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. In addition, Chef Judson has traveled the world in search of hidden culinary treasures. While in Paris, he studied at the world-renowned Le Cordon Bleu and the Ritz. Recently, Chef Judson traveled throughout the Islands of Jamaica and Bahamas to uncover the indigenous spices, ingredients and techniques used in food preparation. With diabetes and hypertension being a huge concern, he carved a niche providing his culinary fusion of healthier cultural food experiences.

Known as the ‘Architect of Flavor®’, Chef Judson’s mission is to design powerhouse flavors sourcing seasonal, local and sustainable ingredients, that change the way people think and feel about healthier foods. Chef Judson struggled with weight for a significant part of his life and now maintains a weight loss of over 160lbs. His current book The Spice Diet, shares his personal story of being addicted to food, encourages weight loss and shows you how to pair the perfect spices and ingredients, excluding salt, sugar and processed foods, to yield simple and flavorful meals that happen to be healthy.

Chef Judson’s passion for childhood obesity and other health related causes has positioned him in roles of advisory and endorsements. He encourages culinary integration through corporate partnerships, such as Interactive One, General Motors; Buick LaCrosse, Uptown Magazine’s ‘Healthy Flavorful Holiday Recipes’, State of Illinois Culinary Kids Nutritional Guide and the National Pork Board introducing healthy tenderloin recipes. Vegetarian giant, Morning Star Farms sought Chef Judson’s innovation approach to recreate several of their top selling products. Seasoning giant McCormick has named Chef Judson Todd Allen one of their 125 Global Flavor Experts, along with joining McCormick’s creative board of taste innovators, with the National Restaurant Association’s Kids Live Well Program.

Supporting his mission, the Food Network Alum, continues to inspire others with his knowledge and enthusiasm for food. He provides culinary information as a food contributor for television programs like “The Steve Harvey Show”, and FOX 32 Chicago. Chef Judson holds the distinction as a under 40 Game Changer sponsored by Ariel Investments. His knowledge of flavor pairing, global inspired recipes and food sensory analysis has made the pages of many national publications, like Black Enterprise, Essence, LA Times and Huffington Post to name a few. He is a highly requested motivational and keynote on international platforms.

In 2013, Chef Judson introduced his signature All Purpose and All Natural CHEF BLEND Hot Sauce. This tasty low-sodium product offers a “Less Hot More Flavor” taste. With a mission to eradicate childhood obesity, in 2015 Chef Judson launched CHEF BLEND Weekend, an annual event designed to celebrate the inspiration of flavor through healthier, locally sourced foods and the chefs/purveyors behind the art. With an MBA in Entrepreneurship from DePaul University’s Graduate School of Business, Chef Judson is a current Advisory Board Member of the DePaul University School of Hospitality.

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