AEG Facilities’ Los Angeles Convention Center (LACC) has hired Jeff Leidy to head its food & beverage department as director of operations for Taste of L.A. by Levy Restaurants. Leidy has 32 years of culinary and operations expertise in California. In Leidy’s previous role as regional executive chef for the San Diego Convention Center (SDCC) and Qualcomm Stadium, he led the culinary team with a staff of 220 employees, managing events ranging from half a dozen people to 10,000. While in San Diego, Leidy also became one of the city’s first participants in a food composting program and worked to source many of his products from local and regional producers. Part of Leidy’s role at LACC will entail employing environmental best practices for all food and beverage initiatives. His leadership role on SDCC’s Green Team along with the aforementioned sustainability efforts align closely with LACC’s policies and will continue to support the convention center's position as a model environmentally-friendly and socially-responsible facility.