AU BON PAIN hires new corporate executive chef

AU BON PAIN HIRES NEW CORPORATE EXECUTIVE CHEF

Chef Katherine See Embraces New Role as She Creates Pastries and Health-Conscious Menu Items for Au Bon Pain

Boston (January 16, 2015) — Au Bon Pain, the international café bakery and a leader in the fast casual restaurant category, announced today the hiring of Katherine See as corporate executive chef. Her responsibilities include providing strategic menu direction and innovation, research and development, and commercialization for all of Au Bon Pain’s menu categories.

"I am honored to take on this new role and work for a company that already provides such a wide range of mouthwateringly fresh menu options," said Chef See. "Au Bon Pain offers delicious fresh-baked pastries and bread, flavorful sandwiches, and health-minded items such as soups and salads, and I am excited to add to the menu and develop some seasonally focused menus."

See is a qualified creative culinary and product development director with more than 15 years of experience in restaurants, with a focus on seafood operations and food product innovation. She previously worked at Slade Gorton & Co. as director of product development/corporate executive chef and at Todd English Enterprises as director of culinary operations/executive chef. See studied food and environment at Tufts University and culinary arts at Boston University. She has appeared on Food Network’s "Best Thing I Ever Ate" and "The Dish" in addition to other television appearances.

"We are confident that Katherine’s terrific education and experience will help take the Au Bon Pain menu to a higher level, inspiring guests to crave our delectable offerings and come back for more," said Maria Feicht, Au Bon Pain’s chief brand officer. "Katherine is already a great addition to the team, and we know her impact will be felt in all of our cafés."

Chef See is responsible for the food and beverage items on the everyday menu, developing improved menu items and continuing to produce seasonal menu changes six times per year.

For more information or to find an Au Bon Pain location near you, visit www.aubonpain.com.

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About Au Bon Pain

Founded in 1978, Au Bon Pain ("the place of good bread") has grown into an internationally recognized leader in the fast-casual restaurant category. The chain’s signature items—sandwiches, breads, pastries, salads, soups and coffee—are served in welcoming café environments emphasizing quick service and hospitality. Au Bon Pain offers consumers a wide array of delicious, nutritional foods, and over the past three years has earned Health magazine’s designation as one of America’s Top 5 Healthiest Restaurant Chains and was recently voted the #1 healthiest restaurant chain by Grellin.

Au Bon Pain operates in six key trade channels including urban office buildings, hospitals, universities, transportation centers, malls and museums, with locations ranging from 300-square-foot satellites to 6,500-square-foot cafés with 100-plus seats. Au Bon Pain currently operates in more than 310 locations in the U.S. and internationally. Additional information about Au Bon Pain, which is headquartered in Boston, may be found at www.aubonpain.com.