Culinary Innovations

What We Do


Bring your culinary concept to life with real inspiration & chef-driven innovation.

When it comes to the food business, even the best ideas can fizzle without the proper industry knowledge and culinary team on your side. At Charlie Baggs Culinary Innovations, we help build signature culinary creations, identify white space opportunities, and fill in product line gaps, based on market trends and a keen understanding of consumer behavior.

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From inspiration to gold standard recipes, our culinary team can help turn your ideas into a delicious reality.

Whether you need a menu refresh or are looking to launch a new consumer product, our dedicated team of research chefs is ready to support your brand with their industry insider knowledge and culinary imagination.

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Technical knowledge and experience are essential in successfully scaling your concept from gold standard recipe to foodservice or food manufacturing production. This is where our food scientists bring their expertise to the process.

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Expand your team’s capabilities with targeted training ranging from culinary training to processing plant best practices.

Let our culinary team teach your team how to approach their work with a flavor-first perspective or communicate better with your customer’s culinary team. Understanding why ingredients are added in a particular order or how to troubleshoot a manufacturing process empowers your team with knowledge. The more your team knows the more successful they’ll be.

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Great ideas come from many places. Sometimes all it takes is a change of venue. So why not rent out our space? Work on your next great idea or host a sales meeting or special event.

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The team Behind Charlie Baggs

As a company, we are a group of dedicated, passionate, and talented culinary and food product development experts.

We take pride in creating gold standard culinary solutions for food and beverage operations – from CPG manufacturers to restaurant chains to retailers and beyond. If your project load exceeds your team’s capacity, you need help with R&D, or are just looking to pull some serious industry expertise into the fold, our seasoned corporate chefs and food scientists are here to help. We’ll listen to what you need, formulate a plan, and deliver on your expectations – our ideas and creations become yours!


The success story

Latest case studies

Culinary + Technical Support

The Protein Brewery planned to exhibit at Plant Based World Expo where it wanted to demonstrate the benefits of its unique Fermotein® ingredient to attendees. The company needed application development for samples, as well as culinary support at the trade show.

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Culinary Training

Train complete sales staff on company’s vast product line.

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Culinary Training Product Developers

Invigorate the technical team with knowledge, comradery and passion for everything cooking.

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Sodium Reduction Tips

September 12, 2022

When people say life in all its forms is made up of stardust, they’re not kidding. In fact, our entire solar system is made up of elements life here uses to thrive. Sodium is one very important part of that lifecycle system. It is the catalyst that sparks the reaction and continues to do so…

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Educating the next generation of culinologists

August 25, 2022

For more than five years, CBCI staff members have been sharing their knowledge with students in the Food Science and Nutrition program at the Illinois Institute of Technology (Illinois Tech) in Chicago. Vice President of Research & Development Julie Luby, Corporate Research Chef Zal Taleyarkhan, and President & Executive Chef Charlie Baggs all teach at…

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Product development au naturel

April 15, 2022

We devote a lot of product development hours working in the ‘natural’ and clean label space. Because that’s where our clients are, and of course, it’s driven by consumer demand. Over the past handful or so of years, the clean label trend has been fueled by a desire among younger generations to know how and…

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Desire for hospitality runs deep – pandemic or not

February 25, 2022

Our industry is in flux for sure. People have gone through a difficult time with the pandemic conditions over the past couple of years, and their behavior has changed indelibly as a result. Once again, people are comfortable cooking at home, enjoying their family while cooking and eating together. Yet, we all still yearn to…

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5 key points to consider in building new R&D kitchens

January 21, 2022

  I’ve designed and assisted with the build out of several R&D kitchens in my career. Recently we built out our company’s product development kitchen. Here are the key points we considered in the design. Determine what’s important to kitchen users First, I interviewed my staff to make sure to understand what is important to…

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