Forbes' 30 Under 30: Food & Wine Features JWU Grads

December 20, 2011 - Johnson & Wales University alumni Lena Kwak and Jordan Kahn are shaking things up. They both made Forbes Magazine's "30 Under 30: Food and Wine" list.

“These are the people who aren't waiting to reinvent the world,” Forbes writes. They’re “making a difference right now.”

It is such an honor to be recognized by Forbes, and to be mentioned with so many talented individuals, says JWU grad Lena Kwak.

Transforming Flour
Take Lena Kwak, who earned her Culinary Nutrition degree at our Providence campus.

At 26, Lena has developed Cup 4 Cup, a gluten-free flour blend that can substitute in equal parts for all-purpose flour in most recipes.

She tried it out on patrons as the research & development chef at The French Laundry in Napa Valley. Guests loved it, so Lena asked owner and famed chef Thomas Keller to found C4C with her.

“It is exciting to witness a dedicated young chef realize her dreams, while bringing a relevant and useful new product to home cooks everywhere,” Keller says.

Don't Wait to Reinvent Food
Lena's not our only rising star. Jordan Kahn, 28, also worked at Keller's French Laundry and Per Se before becoming the owner of Red Medicine.

Ready to start reinventing the world right now? Explore our College of Culinary Arts.