Our Chefs

Allison Rittman

Chef Allison Rittman is a Corporate Chef and the Owner of Culinary Culture. She is also one of the first women to hold the title of Certified Research Chef in the United States. She has over 25 years of experience in the food industry. Allison specializes in Product Development, National Account Presentations, and Culinary Trends.

Her education includes a Bachelor’s Degree in Biological Sciences from the University of Iowa and a degree in Culinary Arts from the Culinary Institute of America.

Allison currently resides in Austin where she operates the Texas-based R&D Kitchen and innovates the foods we eat everyday.

Contact Culinary Culture today to find out how Allison can help your business reach new culinary heights.

Chris McAdams

Chef Chris McAdams grew up working with food. At 14 he got his first job working at a local ice cream and burger café. This led to working in kitchens throughout his high school career. Chris went on to spend four years in the USAF. He then earned a BS degree in Human Nutrition and Dietetics from the Metropolitan State University of Denver.

From there he studied Marketing and Communications at the University of Denver before returning to his love of food. After graduating from the Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts Chris moved to London to train under chefs Sally Clarke and Michele Lombardi.

After spending 5 years as a Research Chef with Culinary Culture he moved to Boston to pursue an alternative role and gain additional experience. This led to a new opportunity with Culinary Culture as the Director of R&D. Chris has extensive experience in foodservice and CPG R&D, project management, strategic leadership, and relationship management.

Chris now resides in Brookline where he operates the Massachusetts-based Culinary Culture test kitchen, as well as the food and travel blog Fork & Path. He’s joined on his adventures by his amazingly talented wife Sadie and their grumpy little dog, Layla.