Helene Kennan

Helene Kennan

Chief Innovation Officer
Guckenheimer Inc
San Mateo CA

No obstacle exists for Helene, instead she asks “How might we…?” With over 25 years of experience in the food service industry, Helene has done it all. Her vision is unparalleled and she challenges us to be leaders in re-imagining the cafe experience. Helene is proud to say #FoodDreams keep her up at night.

She’s a chef, she’s a visionary and she shines the light on where we’re headed. When she visits a kitchen to talk with our chefs, they’re ready to show her their latest creations and talk chef-to-chef on what’s next. And she’ll always try the soup.

Helene Kennan, Guckenheimer’s Chief Innovations Officer, leads the interdisciplinary Operations Excellence Group, which includes culinary, foodlab, and continuous process improvement. Prior to Guckenheimer, Helene served as Bon Appetit’s regional VP of Google Global Accounts and had been with Bon Appetit for almost 20 years.

Helene is a former President of Women Chefs and Restaurateurs, a former board member of the Chefs Collaborative, and has been recognized as a Beard Foundation Great Regional Chef.