Custom Culinary - Be true to the food


Our role with food processor customers runs the gamut from being strictly a supplier to consultative culinary partner. Our dedicated team of experts works collaboratively to develop customized solutions to meet your specific processing needs. We bring you comprehensive dedicated resources backed by our expertise, rigorous standards, and longstanding tradition of excellence.


The lifeblood of Custom Culinary, Inc. is our culinary team. What makes our company unique is that our research & development and culinary leadership are, in fact, one and the same. 

Led by Mike Lonteen, Vice President of R&D and Research Chefs Association Pioneer Award winner, the research center is special because it seamlessly fuses food science with culinary. Plus, Mike Minor, CEC, AAC, HGT, Culinary Ambassador and Research Chefs Association Lifetime Achievement Award winner adds his 45+ years of chef and manufacturer experience to our business. 

Together, this team brings an unparalleled element of expertise that our processor customers literally can’t get anywhere else. In addition, everyone in R&D works closely with our other corporate executive chefs, both domestic and global—from 26 countries—and stays on top of the latest food technology breakthroughs. 


Our marketing team is at the forefront of consumer taste and preference trends. We use relevant proprietary and secondary qualitative and quantitative research to help food companies track emerging flavors, and then work with the culinary innovation team to filter out the most viable flavors to test and recommend. 


Our sensory team uses trained panelists to come up with attribute testing and descriptive analyses. This process ensures a new product has gone through its proper paces.

Contact our offices today to find out how Custom Culinary® food bases, sauces and gravies can help you.