Jack Benchakul
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Jack Benchakul

Jack Benchakul worked at biotech giant Genentech before he got into coffee, eventually trading in his work on cancer-fighting drugs for a brick-and-mortar coffee shop in LA’s Chinatown. The name of his coffee shop, Endorffeine, is one example of how he brings his scientific background into his love for coffee. What hooked you on coffee? My coffee epiphany … Continue reading

Tylor Urias
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Tylor Urias

Tylor Urias is the Executive Chef for Spencer’s for Steak and Chops at the Doubletree Hotel by Hilton in San Jose. He was raised throughout the United States and abroad in very rural farmlands which helped to grow his interest in ecology, agriculture and food very early on. He works with several organizations such as … Continue reading

Shiho Yoshikawa
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Shiho Yoshikawa

Shiho Yoshikawa is the founder and pastry chef of the celebrated Sweet Rose Creamery, known for its daily hand-crafted batches of ice cream. Yoshikawa grew up in Japan where she cultivated her love of cooking and gardening alongside her parents. After moving to the United States at the age of 15, Yoshikawa earned her education at California … Continue reading

Andrea Crawford
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Andrea Crawford

Andrea Crawford got her start growing greens in the early 80’s for Chez Panisse. Today she operates Kenter Canyon Farms, selling mostly wholesale greens, including 20,000 pounds of oregano per year to Chipotle. She recently launched a bread line using wheat from her farm. The bread is baked, milled, and harvested using three varieties of … Continue reading

Anthony Myint
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Anthony Myint

Anthony Myint, a chef based in the Mission in San Francisco, is a founder of the restaurants The Perennial, Mission Street Food, Mission Chinese Food, Mission Cantina, Mission Burger, Lt. Waffle, and Commonwealth Restaurant. His cookbook, co-written with his wife Karen Leibowitz, Mission Street Food: Recipes and Ideas from an Improbable Restaurant, was a New York Times Notable cookbook in … Continue reading

Sandor Katz
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Sandor Katz

Sandor Katz, a self-proclaimed fermentation revivalist, became hooked on fermentation with his first homemade batch of sauerkraut, earning him the nickname “Sandorkraut”. As an AIDS survivor, he considers fermented foods an important part of his health and well-being. His 2003 book, Wild Fermentation, was lauded by Newsweek as the “fermentation bible”, and his 2012 book, The Art of Fermentation, received a James … Continue reading

Paul Thompson
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Paul Thompson

Dr. Paul Thompson, a PhD in philosophy, is a professor at Michigan State University and the W. K. Kellogg Chair in Agricultural, Food and Community Ethics. He has served on many national and international committees on agricultural biotechnology and is the author of From Field to Fork: Food Ethics for Everyone, among many other books … Continue reading