Paul Barron

A passionate food and web technology expert, WebTV producer & filmmaker, entrepreneur, speaker, author, global event creator, and mentor for the restaurant and hospitality space. I connect consumers, technology and brands to help invoke the next shift in business for restaurant and hospitality.

As an industry trendspotter and Founder of,, and DigitalCoCo, I have spent the past 20 years studying restaurants and consumer interactions within the industry.

In September 2013, we launched, a new era of food media for operators and foodies alike. My goal is simple: to connect the New Age consumer and restaurant operator with content and social connectivity to change the hospitality industry.

Foodable WebTV Network currently has a National blog, six local blogs, city-level Top 25 Restaurant rankings, and ten video channels revolving around different aspects of the industry – from marketing and trends, to chefs and operators. We expect to double our content within the next year.

Additionally, we have created the most expansive Social Media Index for the global restaurant & hospitality business, an industry that represents more than $1.5 trillion in revenue, with digital connections to consumers and trade hovering around the $5 billion mark in 2012. The Restaurant Social Media Index, combined with a new model of content, social audience and social science will help to define the future of hospitality.

As the author of the first book on the Fast Casual Restaurant business and how it connects with this new consumer culture, The Chipotle Effect is about the changing landscape of the American social restaurant consumer. We’re entering a new frontier of social consumers, big data and content that will Change The Way America Eats.

My 2014 Speaking