International Flavors & Fragrances Inc.
Jesse started his career in PepsiCo and over the past 20 years, has held various hands-on and leadership roles within IFF. He is currently the Global Vice President of Technical Innovation for the Flavors group at IFF. In this role, Jesse is responsible for driving the global Innovation programs, designed to re-imagine the possibilities of taste both today and into the future. Jesse manages a global multicultural group of approx. 500 technical scientists and taste designers, developing taste experiences for a wide range of food and beverage products for both small scale start ups as well as large global multinational manufacturers. One of the Innovation programs Jesse leads is the Re-Imagine Protein™ program. It is comprised of a team of chemists, chefs, food scientists and consumer researchers who are exploring the interactions of taste, texture and protein to deliver consumer desired great taste in the context of complex protein structures for the need of today and into the future.
Jesse has lived and worked in the US, Europe and Asia, leading teams of taste designers.He has led taste treks across Indian tea plantations and expeditions through the Tsukiji fish market in Japan. He has tasted silkworm pupae in Cambodia, blowfish in Japan, Monkeyhead (mushrooms) in Singapore and pickled crab in Peru - all in search of the ultimate taste experience! He holds a Bachelor of Engineering Sciences degree in chemical/biochemical engineering from the University of Western Ontario and a Bachelor of Arts degree in East Asian studies from the University of Toronto.