Michael Eskin has been named the 2020 recipient of the Supelco AOCS (American Oil Chemists Society) Research Award, presented annually to recognize outstanding original research in fats, oils, lipid chemistry, and biochemistry. Eskin is a professor in the Department of Food and Human Nutritional Sciences at the University of Manitoba.
In addition to publishing 15 books and over 250 research articles, book chapters, monographs, and abstracts, Eskin has contributed extensive research on enzymes and gums, and developed a number of colorimetric methods.
Among the awards he has received is the Order of Canada, presented to him in 2016 for his contributions to the worldwide success of canola oil. An IFT member, he also received the Stephen S. Chang Award from IFT in 2012, as well as the same award from AOCS in 2018.
Branton Worrell recently joined PROVA as southeast sales manager. He formerly served as director of culinary sales and, previously, as director of culinary at Illes. He began his career at Illes as an executive research chef, contributing to company growth by emphasizing the importance of culinary and flavor development.
Worrell holds a BA in political science and an AOS degree from the Culinary Institute of America. In addition to being a Certified Research Chef, he is an active member of IFT and the Research Chefs Association.