Incredible journeys that shape the present & future of food & beverage industry

Written by Hema Reddy / November 17th, 2016



Recognized as one of Zagat’s 30 under 30 in 2013, Tim West is a Slow Food chef turned Social Entrepreneur. He is a Culinary Institute of America (CIA) graduate and grandson of Arch West, the inventor of Doritos®.

Tim cut his teeth in the the kitchens at The St. Regis Hotel in New York and the Facebook headquarters in California before entering the world of entrepreneurship.

Tim co-created The Food Hackathon + Forum as a business plan competition and alternative educational experience to encourage entrepreneurs to work on more meaningful problems and to expose corporate teams to a more collaborative and inspiring working methodology.

We had a great conversation about the future of food and how to get involved:

  • How Tim became a chef
  • His family’s past food experience
  • Definition of “Slow Food”
  • What is wrong with food today?
  • Tim’s realization “that he can feed more people with a cell phone and a computer than a chef knife and a flame.”
  • True cost accounting
  • How do we change the food system?
  • What is a “hackathon” and why is it important?
  • The Startup Bus Competition
  • How to win business plan competitions
  • The art of the pitch
  • What Tim learned from his time at Facebook
  • Thoughts on “digital discipline”