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For Immediate Release
January 18, 2024

United Sorghum Checkoff Program Welcomes Chase Obenchain as Corporate Chef Consultant

LUBBOCK, TX (January 18, 2024) – The United Sorghum Checkoff Program (USCP) announces the addition of Chef Chase Obenchain as its inaugural Corporate Chef Consultant. With an extensive culinary background and a passion for sorghum, Chef Obenchain is set to bring a fresh perspective and innovative approach to the Checkoff’s culinary initiatives.

Chef Obenchain, originally from North Carolina, developed a passion for culinary arts from a young age. Graduating with distinction from the prestigious Culinary Institute of America, he holds degrees in Baking, Pastry and Culinary Science, allowing him to shape his lifelong appreciation for sorghum in various culinary art forms.

Chef Obenchain has dedicated his career to creating delicious and nutritious food that is accessible to all. His experience includes key roles in some of the world’s leading Consumer Packaged Goods (CPG) and ingredient companies. Notably, he served as the Innovation Chef at Campbell’s Soup Company®, contributing to the design, development and launch of multiple brands within their portfolio, and as a Corporate Chef Consultant on the foodservice team at Dole Packaged Foods®, spreading awareness and developing innovative ideas, recipes and menus.

“We are thrilled to welcome Chase Obenchain to our team as the Corporate Chef Consultant,” Director of Nutrition and Food Innovation, Lanier Dabruzzi, MS, RD, LD said.  “His diverse culinary background and proven track record in bringing innovative ideas to fruition make him an invaluable addition to our program. We look forward to leveraging his expertise further to promote the versatility and nutritional benefits of sorghum from foodservice and CPG partners to home cooking alike.”

“I am honored to join the United Sorghum Checkoff Program and contribute to the promotion of this good-for-you grain,”  Chef Obenchain said. “This is an exciting opportunity to showcase sorghum’s incredible possibilities for creating delicious and nutritious culinary experiences. I look forward to collaborating with the team and bringing fresh ideas to the table.”

Chef Obenchain’s culinary proficiency and innovative mindset will play a pivotal role in advancing the Sorghum Checkoff’s goals and mission to highlight sorghum’s nutritional benefits in the consumer and culinary world. For media inquiries or further information, please contact


The United Sorghum Checkoff Program is a producer-funded organization that is dedicated to improving the sorghum industry through research, promotion and education. For more information about the USCP and other sorghum promotion projects please visit