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Bill Billenstein

Sr Director of Culinary & Nutrition Strategy, Guckenheimer

Bill Billenstein started his career in the kitchen at the age of 13 working on the weekends in a bakery and cafe in his home state of Connecticut. After several years of baking he decided that he wanted to pursue "hot" food and began his journey toward becoming a Chef. Since graduating from the Culinary Institute of America in St. Helena, California, Bill has worked with many acclaimed Chefs including Top Chef Masters Winner Chris Cosentino and Jeremy Fox at the now defunct Michelin starred vegetable focused restaurant Ubuntu in Napa California. He has cooked in and run several restaurants in California, Montana, Arizona, South Carolina and is one of the founding members of the Virginia Tech Dining programs, "The Right Track" which was one of the first programs nationally to bring vegan meals to students daily.

Bill spent several years on the Guckenheimer at Google team helping to co-create the Google Food brand and provide delicious plant forward options and dining experiences. Bill is currently based in the San Francisco Bay Area and is Sr Director of Culinary & Nutrition Strategy for Guckenheimer. When he is not cooking or enjoying food experiences Bill is an avid backpacker and hiker who has completed the entire John Muir Trail (270 Miles), Trans Catalina Trail, Grand Canyon, Mt Shasta, Mt Whitney and many more “Long Hauls” .