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November 28, 2016 53 min

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Today we have an amazingly bubbly guest. Jessica Gavin is a Sr. Research Scientist for Nutralite, which is a division of Amway. She’s been there for about 9 years which I find absolutely amazing.

What’s also super cool is that Jessica has her own food blog at jessicagavin.com which has amazing pictures and recipes. Her blog is one of the most professional food blogs I’ve seen as someone who is a food scientist.

More importantly, Jessica has decided to showcase a scholarship for aspiring food scientists and this is the first thing on our show notes at myfoodjobrocks.com/028jessica . We definently encourage any student listening to apply.

Keeping this short, because this interview is jam packed with great information just about how to be a good product developer, communicator, and mother.

Note: Though Jessica and I work for direct sales companies, we cannot sell our own products! However, I hope through our conversation, you can tell they treat us quite well.

Key Takeaways

- Why Jessica stayed in her company for 9 years - How to use a culinary mindset in a product development aspect - Why Nutralite grows their own Botanicals - Jessica’s blogging skills and why she did it, and what she does (around 42:00 minutes in) - Why Jessica wants to give you money

What We Talk About

Nutralite- Amway Botanicals Flintstones Vitamins Probiotics Direct Sales Cal Poly San Luis Obispo Taryn Yee The Most Important Skills in your job: Learning to build trust Every failure is an opportunity to learn Stages (pronounced: Stauge)- volunteering at a restaurant Culinary Science Ali Bouzari What’s your dream job: Culin-neer? Own company What do you look for in a job?: Your company values you Most exciting food technologies: Clean Label, Gluten-free, GMO-free what you don’t put in Soybeans Pea Protein Supply Side West What’s the biggest problem the food industry has to face?: Pseudoscience and communication Uber communication Millennials What’s your beat? Who inspired you to get into food?: Jessica’s Grandfathers (crazy story) Favorite thing you like to cook: Home made dumplings Butternut squash macaroni and cheese Tofu Favorite Quote: Wayne Gretski: Miss 100% shots you don’t take Favorite Book: Science of Good Cooking Favorite Kitchen Utensil: Spiralizer What would you eat for a month?: Croissants French Polynesia Advice for the Food Industry: What is your Passion? What energizes you? Advice for your freshman self: Study abroad or take interational lessons Take internship opportunities Cargill Slaughterhouse in Texas Jessica Gavin’s Blog Reddit Consistency is key Income Report Trolls Scholarship

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