My Food Job Rocks!

My Food Job Rocks!

There is very little awareness of what the people in the food industry actually do. This stems back to the lack of knowledge and awareness of the range of degree courses and programs available that will equip them for a career in food. My FoodJobRocks! by Adam Yee is the first podcast of its kind that allows listeners to hear directly from people who are in the food industry and have a passion for what they do. They share how they became involved in food and describe what it is they do, plus a few more fun questions just to keep things entertaining. Listen to them here, and stay tuned for a new episode every Monday.... Show More

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August 10, 2020 33 min

This episode was recorded when I was still living in the Bay Area! This was planned to be another podcast but things fall through. I always had this episode in the back of my mind one, because Nona Lim is just a really cool person, but also her story showcases the tenacity and perseverance of an entrepreneur.

We do this outside in Marin County I would say around August 2019, wow, such a different time where you can go outside, and ...

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I’m really excited about this episode. Today, we have a jam-packed episode full of startup advice, inspiring challenges, and an accelerator breakdown all in one with founder, Andrew Ive.

One of my favorite parts of this interview is the talk about startup ecosystems. Not only on how we think they are formed, but how they can be transferred. Other questions such as investing is also brought up. Why do people invest in companies? A...

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We have returning guest Dr. Maya Warren, who is now a co-founder of Ice Cream for Change, a soon-to-be non profit that’s a platform of ice cream lovers and makers advocating for social change and civic action.

Maya joins me as we talk about life as a food scientist in quarantine, such as how traveling has given us the opportunity to try new things, but also the different ways we optimize our homes into our R+D kitchen.

A great ...

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Ashish Jogi connected with me through Siddharth Bhide. You might remember him when we interviewed him at JUST but now he’s at the Good Food Institute in India, an organization that we also have interviews with. The plant-based scene in India is growing and Ashish is one of the people helping companies over there launch products.

We talk a variety of topics ranging from Intellectual Property, product development, food trends, and of...

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Stacie Waters is the CEO and owner of Bilinski’s Sausage company. A Multi-generational sausage company that thinks about sausage a bit differently. Instead of the standard beef or pork sausages, Bilinski’s focuses on chicken and plant-based sausages.

This wasn’t always the case, and there is a bit of an unorthodox legacy in how Bilinski innovates.

There is always a struggle when it comes to keeping or breaking legacies and there ar...

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Today we have Marie Wright, President, Creation, Design & Development and Chief Global Flavorist at ADM Nutrition

That’s a long title, but Marie knows literally everything I just mentioned. I think the best part about Marie is just how easy it is to talk to her about the complex world of flavors.

The bulk of the interview is a break down on how we as food scientists collaborate to talk about what flavors we want in our products...

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Prime Roots is an innovative alternative meat company in the Bay Area that just launched a bacon made out of Koji, the same stuff that ferments soybeans into soy sauce

Being in the alternative meat circle in the Bay Area, I’ve been pretty much in touch with the Prime Roots team since the beginning. They are a really fun, quirky group of young scientists and entrepreneurs so I get along with them well and that’s why it was a delight...

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Minh Tsai started Hodo Foods with a simple farmer’s market stand after finishing up a wealthy career in investment banking and I asked him, why? His answer surprised me, but within context, it makes sense. Minh is someone who’s addicted to learning and solving problems and the intricacies and growth of the business has kept him in the tofu business for a little less than 16 years. Not only can you buy Hodo tofu in places in Whole F...

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I first interviewed Weber Stibolt in episode 92, when he was a Quality Assurance Specialist at Eight O Clock Coffee. A couple of years later, he’s now at one of the most talked-about food startups at the moment: Beyond Meat. The last interview we’ve had from Beyond Meat was episode 24 with one of their food engineers so it’s good to get an update on what’s happening there. So I ask Weber about his transition over there. From apply...

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With all that’s going on, will all the tension in the air, and with all the systemic issues that are being talked about, what if the main solution was to just have dinner with someone of a different perspective? After all, everyone is human and everyone eats and I felt the best way to understand someone is through a good dinner? Eric Adams, Borough President of Brooklyn, New York, believes that a simple dinner can solve a lot of ou...

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Kris Theodorakos is the Business Development Manager at Webber Smith Associates, a firm that builds and designs manufacturing plants specifically for the food industry.

If you ever wanted to know what goes into planning actually building a facility, Kris gives a nice rundown on what you need to prepare, what you should consider, and some strategies on how to build them out.

Another topic we get to is career advice. Kris originally ...

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NOSH writer Carol Ortenberg captured a written article with Neal Gottlieb about how he had to shut Three Twins Ice Cream down after 15 years of being in business and I found the article (which now behind a paywall) very reflective.

So I got Neal on the show to talk about the really crunchy details about the direction of Three Twins Ice Cream. From its beginning in an ice cream shop, to raising money, to battling the brutal retail ...

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Blake Thomas, the founder of Tiny House Coffee Roasters, was one of my first contacts in Austin, Texas and I had a lot of fun getting to know him and drinking his coffee every day when I was working at WeWork. Blake’s story is super impressive and he works really hard at his job.

Learn how Blake jumped on board selling coffee during the end of his Peace Corps stint and how he built up a nice little coffee company in Austin.

One of ...

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Whenever I move to a new city, I try and contact the local IFT section in the area and connect with them saying I’m a new food scientist looking to get involved. Natalie Roesler, the VP of Surlean Foods and the section leader at Alamo IFT welcomed me with open arms. Actually, everyone in the Austin Texas area is well connected and super welcoming. It’s one of the friendliest places I’ve ever been to.

So to return the favor, I inter...

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Today's episode is with Jaime Snydel, Founder of Simplified Superfoods. A direct to consumer smoothie pack business where you can enjoy a delicious smoothly with just ice, fresh fruit, and a pack of Simplified Superfoods.

After the pandemic hit, I started to post in a few food startup groups if they’d like to be interviewed. It was my impulsive way of giving back. My Food Job Rocks now does have a bit of a barrier of entry just...

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After the pandemic hit, I started to post in a few food startup groups if they’d like to be interviewed. It was my impulsive way of giving back. My Food Job Rocks now does have a bit of a barrier of entry just because I get so many PR inquiries so this was an opportunity to ask businesses who might not have made it, about what’s going on in their world. So I have a couple of interviews where I talk to businesses that are a bit new ...

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Sari Kimbell is a food business consultant who helps people from the idea stage to getting into retail channels. She runs the website, food business success.

Sari's experience being a broker at Whole Foods and running a commissary kitchen makes her an expert in understanding the challenges and needs to starting a food business so I ask her some pretty real questions.

I try to ask super blunt question like how much money do you ...

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For those of you who don’t know Gary Nowacki, he built TraceGains, a very popular supply chain management software that allows you to digitize your documentation. For those of you in product development, you can see how useful this is. But TraceGains does so much more than just digitize paperwork, it’s a network, so it becomes valuable when it comes to understanding how to navigate through the pandemic. You’ll learn a lot more abou...

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Today we have Christine Rico, the consulting CFO for CFO on Speed Dial equips business owners and entrepreneurs with the accounting and financial strategies needed to maximize both profit and social impact.

We dive into what loans are good and what loans are bad and how to really think about it. You’ll learn some cool resources like the Small Business Development Centers, or KIVA, or what a bridge loan is.

We also talk a lot about...

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We have returning guest Cesare Varallo, an Italian lawyer who is the global advisor on food safety, food labeling, and food regulatory issues talk about what's happening right now. More specifically, he’s a crisis consultant for food and one would say we’re in a crisis. I wanted his perspective on the pandemic because well, he’s in Italy, and also because Cesare interacts with so many global players.

Though I learn a bit about ...

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