Janet Carver, Culinology Group Leader for National Starch, has been elected President of the Research Chefs Association. Carver's election marks the first time a representative from a specialty starch supplier has held the post. It is also the first time a woman has been elected President since the organization's inception in
An active member of the RCA since 1999, Carver was elected to the RCA's Board of Directors in 2006 and has also held the roles of Vice President and Treasurer. Her responsibilities at the RCA have included serving on the Education Committee, teaching basic carbohydrate science to chefs and teach-assisting basic culinary classes to food scientists. She has also served as a member of RCA's Fine Dining Team along with David Burke of davidburke & donatella restaurant in New York City during the RCA/IFT Food Challenge in Las Vegas in 2004. She was also appointed Chair of the IFT/RCA Culinology Demonstration Pavilion during the IFT Expo in 2007 & 2008
Carver began her career at National Starch in 1990 working as a member of National Starch’s Technical Service team. She attended Peter Kump’s NY Cooking School (now known as the Institute of Culinary Education) in Manhattan to acquire her culinary degree in 2000. In 2003, she helped establish and manage the National Starch Food Innovation Culinology Group which explores the application of specialty starches in new food concepts.