Industry News | June 30, 2010

Cosi, Inc. Names New Executive Chef

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Così, Inc., announced today that it has named Kimberly Letizia as its director of Culinary Innovation and Menu Strategy.

"We're thrilled to have someone with Kimberly's unique experience and talent to lead Così's effort to be innovative with freshly prepared, unique menu items for our breakfast, lunch, and dinner day parts," says James Hyatt, Così's president and CEO. "Così's innovative menu has been recognized by Parents Magazine, Men's Health Magazine and others and we believe Kimberly will contribute strongly to building on those achievements."

Letizia most recently served as a Corporate Chef Consultant to Kraft Foods where she supported numerous national restaurant chains with menu development and consumer intelligence. During her career at Kraft, Letizia successfully linked marketing trends and consumer insights with restaurants' core competencies to develop new menu concepts for several chains including McDonald's, Subway, Marie Callender's, Famous Dave's, Great Harvest Bread Co., and others.

Letizia, who earned her MBA in Hospitality and Tourism Marketing and BA in Culinary Arts from Johnson & Wales University, has also worked for Charlie Trotter's in Chicago and served as a Research Chef at Chef Services Group in Rhode Island.

"I am excited and look forward to supporting this already successful brand with new and innovative product offerings," Letizia says.

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