The USA Pavilion has announced their “dream team” of culinary talent that will be representing the United States in and out of thekitchen at Expo Milano. From Tom Colicchio and Mario Batali to Cesare Casella, Luke Holden and David Chang, the 19 chef advisory board members and 12 additional participating chefs announced today form an awe-inspiring collection of American skill – a who ‘s who of culinary talent who will serve as powerful cultural ambassadors of the United States to the world.
“This is really an unbelievable line-up, and it’s only the start,” said USA Pavilion Chief Creative Officer and James Beard Foundation Executive Vice President Mitchell Davis today on the sidelines of the New York Times Travel Show. “In keeping with the model set by the U.S. men’s Olympic basketball team in 1992, our goal as organizers of the USA Pavilion at Expo Milano is to bring together the very best that America has to offer the world.We aim to excite, delight and inspire and I think we’re well on our way to doing that. We can’t wait to give the world a taste of American Food 2.0.”
Those participating chefs include:
USA Pavilion Advisory Board members and featured James Beard American Restaurant chefs:

  • Cesare Casella, Salumeria Rosi and Dean, International Culinary Center
  • Tom Colicchio, Craft Restaurants and Top Chef

USA Pavilion Chef Advisory Board members:

  • , Jaleo and Dean, International Culinary Center
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  • Lidia Bastianich, Felidia
  • Mario Batali, Babbo
  • Rick Bayless, Topolobampo
  • , Momofuku
  • Tony May, SD26
  • Mary Sue Milliken, Border Grill
  • Jacques Pépin, Dean, International Culinary Center

USA Pavilion Food Truck Advisory Board members:

  • Tyler Florence, Great Food Truck Race
  • Matthew Geller, National Food Truck Association
  • Luke Holden, Luke’s Lobster
  • Jordyn Lexton, Snowday Truck
  • Zeina Mina, Director, Vendy Awards
  • Ross Resnick, Roaming Hunger
  • David Weber, NYC Food Truck Association
  • Jeffrey Zurofsky, `wichcraf

And the first wave of featured chefs at the James Beard American Restaurant:

  • Hugh Acheson, 5 & 10
  • Rick Bayless, Topolobampo
  • John Besh, August
  • Cristeta Comerford, White House Executive Chef
  • Duff Goldman, Charm City Cakes
  • and Will Guidara, Eleven Madison Park
  • David Kinch, Manresa
  • Barbara Lynch, No. 9 Park
  • Mary Sue Milliken and Traci des Jardins, Border Grill/Jardinière
  • Marc Murphy, Landmarc
  • Naomi Pomeroy, Beast
  • Norman Van Aken, Norman’s

“This list of partnering chefs will continue to expand as we get nearer to the Expo,” added Davis.Expo Milano 2015 is expected to attract 20 to 25 million visitors from around the world from May through October 2015. Under the theme of “Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life,” it will convene a cross-section of the world’s most prominent figures in food from more than 170 participating countries to celebrate, debate and identify solutions to improve the global food system.
With the theme “American Food 2.0: United to Feed the Planet,” the USA Pavilion will showcase American innovation in addressing global food issues through a variety of exhibits and events during the six-month-long world’s fair.