Richard J. S. Gutman
Curator, Author and Expert on All Things Diner

Photo: Stephen Spencer

Richard J.S. Gutman, as director and curator of the Culinary Arts Museum at Johnson & Wales University, mounted 96 exhibits in eleven years. He is the leading diner expert, writing four books on the subject.  

He began his study of diners with a thesis for his architecture degree at Cornell University and, over the years, worked on more than 85 restoration projects.

Richard has been interviewed nationally and internationally appearing 
on NPR, PRI, BBC, Food Network, History Channel, ABC, CBS, NBC, PBS, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, Smithsonian and The New Yorker, to name a few.

He is the subject of numerous profiles. for example, a front-page article in The Wall Street Journal, which began with the line, “The next time you eat in a diner, thank Richard J.S. Gutman for the experience. Or if the waitress pops bubble gum in your face, blame him.” In Yankee magazine, he named his five top New England diners, and the editor wrote, “Nobody knows more about these classic eateries than Richard Gutman.”