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Faculty Experts

Michael Traud, JD

Assistant Clinical Professor; Program Director, Hospitality and Sport Management

Center for Hospitality and Sport Management

Contact:

michael.j.traud@drexel.edu

215.895.0922

Traud has experience cooking in Italy and South Korea. His research interests are hospitality law, Italian cuisine and the implementation of Korean cuisine in the United States. Traud was a member of James Beard Award-winning Chef Marc Vetri’s Osteria opening staff. He spent two years at Osteria during which he was sous chef, and then spent a year at Vetri Ristorante. During his time with Vetri, Traud worked for two James Beard Award-winning chefs and both restaurants were rated top Italian restaurants in Philadelphia and the nation. Traud practiced law before entering the hospitality industry. He received his juris doctorate from Villanova Law School and his associate’s degree in culinary arts from Johnson and Wales. Traud is a member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association.


For news media inquiries, contact Emily Storz at els332@drexel.edu, 215.895.2705 (office) or 609.351.3592 (cell). 

In the News

  • Things Got Heated at This Year's Philly Chef Conference

    The Philly Chef Conference was featured in a March 13 Philadelphia magazine story. Michael Traud, JD, EdD, an assistant clinical professor and director of the Hospitality Management program in the Center for Food and Hospitality Management and director of the conference, was featured in the piece.

  • Food Spotlight to Shine on Philadelphia Next Week

    The Philly Chef Conference was featured in a March 8 Philadelphia Inquirer article regarding its ability to assemble the top names in food and restaurants to appear in panel discussions primarily to the benefit of students in Drexel’s Center for Food and Hospitality Management, as well as the Philadelphia restaurant community. Director of the Philly Chef Conference, Michael Traud, JD, EdD, assistant clinical professor and director of the hospitality management program, was also featured.

  • How to Get Hidden Sugars Out of Your Child's Diet — From the Start

    Beth Leonberg, assistant clinical professor in the College of Nursing and Health Professions, was quoted in an April 21 Philadelphia Inquirer story on how to avoid sugars being added to food for young children.

  • Bon Appétit: Chefs Serving Chefs At Drexel University Conference

    The 2017 Philly Chef Conference in the Center for Hospitality and Sport Management was featured on March 6 by KYW-TV (CBS-3). Michael Traud, JD, EdD, assistant clinical professor and director of the hospitality management program, was interviewed. WTXF-TV (FOX-29) and WPVI-TV (6-abc) also featured the conference. The conference was live tweeted by Philadelphia magazine's ‘Fooboz.’ Billy Penn also featured Philly Chef Conference panelist Kerry Brodie, founder of Emma’s Torch, a culinary training program for refugees and asylees.

  • 4th Annual Philly Chef Conference Kicks Off This Weekend

    Michael Traud, EdD, JD, an assistant teaching professor and program director of the Hospitality Management department in the Center for Hospitality and Sport Management, was mentioned in a Feb. 28 KYW Newsradio (1060-AM) story about the Philly Chef Conference, which will be hosted at Drexel.

  • Philly Chef Conference

    The 2016 Philly Chef Conference in the Center for Hospitality and Sport Management was featured March 7 on WTXF-TV (FOX-29)Michael Traud, JD, assistant clinical professor and director of the hospitality management program, was interviewed. KYW-TV (CBS-3) also featured the conference.

  • What’s Cooking on 1060: Philly Chef Conference

    The 2016 Philly Chef Conference in the Center for Hospitality and Sport Management was featured on KYW Newsradio 1060-AM and Philadelphia Metro on March 4. Michael Traud, JD, assistant clinical professor and director of the hospitality management program, was quoted.

  • Drexel's Chef Conference Has Grown in Tandem With Philly's Food World Prestige

    The 2016 Philly Chef Conference in the Center for Hospitality and Sport Management was featured on the front page of the Food section in the Philadelphia Inquirer on March 3. Michael Traud, JD, assistant clinical professor and director of the hospitality management program, and Jonathan Deutsch, PhD, professor in the Center, were quoted. 

  • Did You Know? Drexel Has a Culinary School, Bar and Restaurant; Soon to be Remodeled

    The Academic Bistro in the Center for Hospitality and Sport Management was featured in a June 9 Explore Philly post, which also quoted Michael Traud, director of the hospitality management program. Rich Pepino, executive chef of the Academic Bistro, was also mentioned.

  • Philadelphia & the Fresh Pasta Revolution

    The new pasta lab in the Center for Hospitality and Sport Management was mentioned in an EdiblePhilly.com article on March 16. Michael Traud, director of the hospitality management program, was quoted.

  • What’s Cooking on 1060: Butchery, A Foodie Conference & A New Authentic Italian Café

    The 2015 Philly Chef Conference hosted by the Center for Hospitality and Sport Management was featured on PhillyVoice.com and KYW Newsradio (1060-AM) on Jan. 8. Michael Traud, JD, instructor and director of hospitality management, was interviewed.

  • We'll Take Manhattan

    Michael Traud, director of the Center for Hospitality and Sport Management, was profiled in an article in the March issue of Philadelphia magazine about Philadelphia’s rising culinary scene. The first-ever Philly Chef Conference that Drexel hosted in January and the culinary class taught by chef Marc Vetri were also mentioned as examples of Drexel’s culinary impact.

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    Now in its fifth year, the 2018 Philly Chef Conference will once again convene the regional and national food community to discuss the latest food and beverage industry issues and trends with demonstrations on current professional techniques. Experts from coast-to-coast will talk trends in food styling and beverage programs, as well as sexism in the kitchen and wellness for chefs. The conference hosted by Drexel University’s Center for Food and Hospitality Management will take place Sunday through Monday, March 11–12, 2018. 

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