Lilly Jan

Lilly Jan

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Faculty Expertise

  • Food and Beverage Management
  • Hospitality and Services Design, Management and Operations
  • Food Industry Management
  • Food Trends
  • Culture & Cuisine
  • Operations Management


Cornell Peter and Stephanie Nolan School of Hotel Administration

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Lilly Jan is a food and beverage management academic, consultant, and chef, with nearly 20 years in hospitality and foodservice, with experience across the industry in catering and events, retail, television production, and more. Jan teaches courses in restaurant management, cultures and cuisine, and foodservice facility design for the Cornell Peter and Stephanie Nolan School of Hotel Administration.

Her research interests include food culture, restaurant culture, and career opportunities and progression for historically marginalized foodservice employees as it relates to education, training, inclusion, cultural competency, and workplace environments. A frequently invited speaker for executive education, conferences, and industry-related events, Jan speaks on food and restaurant trends; food and beverage culture as it relates to women, racial and ethnic minorities, and LGBTQIA+ individuals; and issues around food culture appropriation. She serves as the faculty director for James Beard Foundation's Women Entrepreneurial Leadership Program.

As a business consultant, she focused on food and beverage entrepreneurship by underrepresented founders, helping usher food business concepts to market. Past clients include food trucks, on-demand food delivery, consumer packaged goods start-ups, and retail food stores.

Prior to joining Cornell, she was the director of culinary operations for Newbury College in Brookline, MA, where she also served as a faculty member and academic advisor, teaching a range of classes across culinary and hospitality management. She has also taught at Le Cordon Bleu and Boston University.

Selected Publications

Awards and Honors

  • Ted Teng Teaching Award (2022) Cornell Peter and Stephanie Nolan School of Hotel Administration
  • Teaching Honor Roll (2019) Cornell SC Johnson College of Business

Recent Courses

  • HADM 4380/HADM 6380 - Culture and Cuisine
  • HADM 4530/HADM 6530 - Foodservice Facilities Design
  • HADM 2170 - Hotel Leadership Development Program
  • HADM 6311 - Restaurant Distribution Strategies
  • HADM 3350 - Restaurant Management

Academic Degrees

  • PhD Iowa State University, 2018
  • MLA Boston University, 2012
  • BS Boston University, 2004