Ned Barker

President / CEO

Ned Barker founded Grill Ventures after a successful run as VP for F&B Franchise Services at IHG. He is strategic and analytical, but mostly he makes things happen. Programs he developed years ago are found in more than two thousand hotels today and are cornerstones of their hotel brands. He wrote or re-wrote the F&B Standards for several hotel brands and engaged the IHG franchise community through the creation of the F&B Council. He is passionate about management through teaching, which requires both training and measurement, supported by feedback and reward.

Grill Ventures International specializes in developing / implementing F&B solutions for hotels, hotel chains, restaurant chains and management companies. More recently Ned assisted with a food waste prevention initiative, working with the AH&LA F&B and Sustainability Committees, and with the World Wildlife Fund. The initiative transformed into  the resource. Ned has continued to work on food waste prevention projects, with engagements from Metro ( and the Natural Resources Defense Council (

Contact Information

Phone Number: +1 (404) 547-1900

Recent Projects

  • Working with the AH&LA F&B Committee, helped develop content for
  • Working with AH&LA and World Wildlife Fund (, and sustainability expert Steve Schein (, pilot tested one of the ten pilot hotels for the Hotel | Kitchen project
  • With sustainability expert Steve Schein, developing food waste prevention webinars for Oregon Metro
  • With sustainability expert Steve Schein, working with NRDC on food waste prevention research