Our Vision

To be the go-to site for creators of the new food in any form. Providing unbiased culinary forward data that can easily be incorporated into strategies resulting in innovative and profitable new food options.

What Makes Us Different

  • Designed by chefs with proven track records
  • Algorithms select only the most influential restaurants
  • Only Patented system of menu analysis
  • Media spotlights records and summarizes all print media
  • Probability and time frame for new ideas

Meet The Team

Tony Lagana
Tony LaganaPresident
A 42-year veteran of the food industry and often called the “New Product Guru”. Tony holds a patent on his Menu Innovator®, a system of menu analysis which predicts the probability and time frame for new ingredients to hit the mass market. Trained in the classics and nouvelle cuisine he worked in new concept development for Kraft Foods and was Director of Culinary at Darden restaurants. Tony and his team have generated over two billion dollars in sales for their clients in restaurants, retail, and manufacturing.
A. Yoelao (Lek)
A. Yoelao (Lek)Product Specialist
Lek holds a B.S. in Food and Nutrition from the Sandusit Teacher’s College in Thailand. She has worked in several major hotels under widely respected European chefs. Lek was Executive Chef of Royal Siam in Washington D.C., worked in recipe development for Kraft Creative Kitchens and studied food styling at the CIA, in Hyde Park. Lek writes a monthly column for Thailand Restaurant News along with daily product development efforts for national restaurant chains.
Jason Russell
Jason RussellChief Technology Officer
Jason has over 22 years of experience building and maintaining best-in-class enterprise architectures for businesses and government agencies. Jason spent four years in Iraq as the Division Tactical Biometrics Cell Lead, he also worked at the National Security Agency as a network security consultant and served over eight years as a Cryptologic Technician (Communications) in the United States Navy. Jason holds multiple IT industry certifications and is a member of the FBI’s InfraGard program.
Susanne Bukey
Susanne BukeySenior Consultant - Menu Analysis Applications
After graduating from Framingham State College with a B.S. in Home Economics. Susanne worked in Product Development for Ground Round Restaurants, then restaurant consulting in the Boston area. Susanne worked on public relations, new concept and promotional menu development for Darden restaurants prior to joining the team. Susanne’s current focus is on print media analysis and oversees editorial staff for online communications.
Pat Dillman
Pat DillmanDatabase Systems Management
Originally from New Jersey, Pat worked as support staff for the Neilson Group and CBS publishing before becoming a part of the administrative staff for Darden Restaurants R&D. Pat began design work on the Menu Innovator® database system in 2004 and oversees the Menu Innovator® database management.
Danielle Contarino
Danielle ContarinoSocial Media Strategist
Dani has a B.S. in nutrition and sports science from UCF. Dani developed and launched a home meal delivery program in Florida, worked on the restaurant qualification system for Menu Innovator® and writes weekly food blogs.
Bernhard Junkert
Bernhard JunkertProduct Development Executive Chef
European trained, Bernhard has 42 years of food industry experience. Bernhard has held many positions in some of Europe’s finest hotels and restaurants. For the last twenty years, Bernhard has been developing products for manufacturing that are showcased in the nation’s top 100 restaurant chains and the largest grocery retailers across the US.
Pierrick Lubin
Pierrick LubinVideographer/Blogger
Pierrick completed the IB program, International Baccalaureate® in Haines City, Florida. While in the IB program, he took a course in TV production. In doing so he realized how much he enjoys visual arts and videography. He graduated from the University of South Florida in Tampa. During his tenure at USF Pierrick focused and honed his media writing skills. Pierrick is the videographer/blogger for Culinary Systems/Menu Innovator.
Mary Kay LaBrie
Mary Kay LaBrieBlogger
Mary Kay LaBrie is an avid foodie, accomplished home cook and freelance writer and blogger. Her recipes have been published in several home cooking magazines. Mary Kay has a master’s in Management and Leadership from National-Louis University. By day she loves to help people become the best they can be with her career in professional development. The rest of the time, she enjoys cooking, writing about new cuisine and writing romantic comedy. Originally from Pittsburgh, PA, Mary Kay resides in Clermont, Florida with her husband, Dan, and her Golden Retriever, Max.