ChefsBest identifies and honors the best tasting grocery products in order to support the companies that make them and the people who choose to select them.
During the more than 15 years ChefsBest has been evaluating food, we’ve judged thousands of grocery and food service products and bestowed our Best Taste and Excellence awards upon the highest quality national products. More recently, to meet growing demand and evolving shopping habits, ChefsBest expanded its award portfolio by creating a new distinction for regional and boutique products as well as store brand products. Founded in 2000, ChefsBest began as an effort by chefs to provide guidance to their peers in the industry on which items to purchase for their restaurants.
Out of that concept, ChefsBest evolved into an organization that also provided assistance to consumers, who view professional chefs as experts on how food should taste. ChefsBest then began to combine our chef expertise with objective sensory evaluation techniques to build a repeatable, proprietary methodology for evaluating grocery products. The ChefsBest awards were created as a way to recognize and honor brands that surpassed all others in both quality and test.
Today, the ChefsBest team works tirelessly in support of our mission from its two locations in California. In doing so we have become a nationally recognized trust mark for consumers searching for high-quality food products for their homes.
Lisa LiguoriPresident & CEO
Lisa focuses her entrepreneurial expertise on helping brand stewards succeed. She has launched multiple startups and leverages that experience to find innovative ways for ChefsBest to support winning brands. Lisa holds a bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Southern California, a master's in information technology and a master's in business administration from the University of San Diego. Her experience includes directing ventures across a wide range of industries, including roles as equity analyst at Gabelli Funds, marketing manager for National Pen Corporation, and CEO of the private equity group, Liguori Management.
Scott ThompsonVice President of Operations
Scott holds over 20 years of experience in the consumer packaged goods (CPG) industry. In his role as vice president of operations for ChefsBest, he oversees all business functions including compliance, client services, sensory analyses, marketing and sales. He works closely with brands to ensure they maximize the impact of ChefsBest Best Taste and Excellence Awards, which have helped numerous products increase revenue by double digits annually. He also recently earned his juris doctorate from the University of San Francisco.
Janet WilliamsSensory Director
Janet holds over 25 years of experience directing strategic research projects for CPG brands. Since beginning her career in sensory evaluation for Wilson Foods and Miller Brewing Company, she has held roles in consumer insight at Del Monte Foods, Clorox and Tragon, a full-service market research company. Janet is proficient in qualitative and quantitative research methodologies, and developing strategic consumer insights based on statistical data. In addition to being able to create and design research based on client objectives, she holds expertise in advertising claims substantiation. Janet earned her master's degree in food science and technology from University of California, Davis.
We don’t take our role of defining America's best-tasting foods lightly. Learn more about the detailed agenda our panel follows during a tasting. Explore a step-by-step guide of our proprietary judging process.Read More +
Our team of judges is the secret ingredient in our proprietary process. Check out the rigorous training each member of our panel undergoes and get to know a few of our executive-level chef judges.Read More +
Our ChefsBest Award winners promote their accolades in a number of ways to shoppers and grocers. Find out how recipients share the news in store and through efforts like POP, FSIs and direct mail.Read More +