Adam Melonas

Culinary Innovator

Adam Melonas is the CEO and founder of Chew, a food innovation lab that redefines what’s possible in the world of packaged food. Chew partners with companies of all sizes to create game-changing products that are not only delicious, but also radically more nutritious than anything else on the market, profitable, sustainable, and scalable.

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Adam is a veteran of the culinary world where he’s pushed the limits of experimental and progressive cuisine with restaurants in five countries. Armed with an eclectic background in food and culture, Adam left his native Australia at the age of 19 to become Executive Chef at Otto’s – a fine dining restaurant in London. From there, he went on to be Chef De Cuisine at the Shangri la Hotel in Dubai, Head Chef of Jade on 36 in Shanghai, Chef De Cuisine of Burj Al Arab in Dubai, and Culinary Director of the Lab at La Terraza del Casino (El Bulli Group) in Madrid.

Adam has developed, manufactured, and launched over 50 products across many international markets. He was Chief Innovation Officer and co-founder of Unreal Brands (Unjunked Candy). In addition, Adam developed and created multiple product categories for The Australian Chia Co. and formulated and manufactured concepts for IKEA.

In 2013, Adam founded Chew with the belief that in order to create lasting change, industry must lead the way. Three years later, the Chew team is now 30+ members in Cambridge, Massachusetts with a second location slated to open in Boston this summer.

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