Prepared Foods talks with Christopher Hansen, corporate executive chef at OSI Group LLC. Based in Aurora, Ill., OSI is a global processor with as many as 60 facilities in 16 countries. Its operations process prepared beef, pork and poultry items as well as sandwiches, pizza and dough-based products and kettle and smoked foods. It serves foodservice and private label customers and also provides contract manufacturing.
A 1993 graduate of the Chicago’s Le Cordon Bleu Institute of Culinary Arts, Hansen served as a corporate executive chef for flavor supplier Quest International from 1997 to 2006 prior to its purchase by Givaudan. He briefly held a similar position at Givaudan before joining OSI in 2007.