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Earn CMP credits!

ALL education sessions at this year's conference are approved by The Events Industry Council to count toward your CMP certification. Keep your professional status up-to-date while enjoying and learning from this incredible lineup of speakers.

Keith LordChief DisruptorStrateje Fourteen

Keith Lord has been cooking since he was five years old. He is the Owner and Chief Disruptor of Stratəjē Fourteen, a Culinary Operations & Logistics Coaching Firm based in North County San Diego. Prior to the creation of S14, he was the Director and Mastermind of Culinary and Operations at The Wild Thyme Company in San Diego, CA, an off-premise Catering Company with two off-site divisions.
Keith graduated from the New England Culinary Institute in Essex Vermont. His thirty-year career has taken him from Roy’s Kahana Bar & Grill in Maui, HI to working with Chef Mark Franz of Farallon in San Francisco, CA. He moved towards catering when working at 20th Century Fox Studios where he reinvented their food service program and special events. Since then, Keith has been the Corporate Chef of numerous catering companies, one being the Picnic People in San Diego, CA, helping his growth as an already established leader in the catering field.
Keith is part of the Research and Development Team for Chef's Roll, an online Chef Community with over 800,000 members based in San Diego. He has worked closely with Catersource, speaking, teaching and cooking at conferences, as well as writing for the magazine. He is on the International Catering Association's Education Foundation Board of Directors and works specifically with its scholarship mentor and mentee programs.
Keith has worked alongside some of the world's most renowned Chefs such as Gordon Ramsay, Patrick O'Connell, and Matthew Orlando, yet still loves to cook with local Chef friends in his backyard. He has been the ICA Chef of The Year 2020 Finalist, ACE Editor's Choice Award 2018, and ICA Chef of The Year 2017.