Surlean Foods, a provider of customized products to the foodservice industry, has appointed Cynthia Rodriguez as corporate research and development chef. Rodriguez joins Surlean from the Culinary Institute of America in San Antonio, Texas, where she most recently was a teaching assistant.

Rodriguez brings more than 15 years of professional experience to her new position, where she will work extensively with chain customers to develop menu solutions for their business. For more information about Surlean, visit