We are thrilled to announce the appointment of a new executive director, Chef Thom England.
“After five years of success and growth, Dig IN believes it is time to make the jump to the next level. Thom is our ideal choice with deep industry expertise, a formidable network, and experience leading our board,” said Tony Hahn, president of the Dig IN board of directors. “Candidly this is a match that meets our needs as well as gives Thom the ability to grow the organization he helped start”.
As executive director, Chef Thom England will be focused on strategic growth of the organization. “This is the opportunity of a lifetime – to take this organization that I started to the next level by really focusing on development, board growth, and overseeing the growth of the organization”, said Chef Thom, “there has never been a better time to connect people to Indiana food and agriculture through meaningful experiences”.
The appointment follows the move of Rob Gaston, the current executive director, to Director of Operations. According to Gaston, “Until now, the executive director has managed the board and business of the organization, planned the Taste of Indiana, and managed all communication and outreach during the year. We’ve grown to the point that two people are needed to cover all those roles, and I’m excited to partner with a trusted friend and mentor. My focus will be on event management, daily operations, and logistics.”
About Chef Thom England
Chef Thom England, as a professional chef, food writer, educator and mentor, has shared his expertise with many aspiring and seasoned chefs for over 20 years. Born and raised in Northern Indiana, Chef England trained in New York at the Culinary Institute of America. He spent much of his professional career in New York and well as Central Indiana. He is an ACF Certified Executive Chef (CEC) and Certified Foodservice Educator (CFSE). He is also well versed in the production and pairing of alcohol, running and consulting for wineries. He is a Certified Specialist of Spirits (CSS)
He currently serves as program coordinator at the Ivy Tech Hospitality and Culinary Arts program. Additionally, he is active in the community as a local foods activist as co-founder and president of Dig-IN: a non-profit for the promotion of Indiana Food, Beverage, and Agriculture.
Thom is the author of 3 cookbooks including Indiana Harvest (2009), Idiot’s Guides: Grilling (2014), and Idiot’s Guides: Cooking Basics (2015 release date). Over the years, Chef has had food articles published in several local and national publications. He has been an avid local foods traveler, studying food and culture in 47 states and 6 countries.