|yes, that's a BDU patterned apron|
Air Force --> Thrive Lifestyles (nutrition business) --> teaching nutritional science --> Seattle Culinary Academy --> Modernist Cuisine --> Beecher's Handmade Cheese --> Lundberg Family Farms
Along this pathway, I've met some incredible entrepreneurs, chefs, and dreamers. It's been wonderful. I've now started on a pathway of moving upwards in the product development career path, and I love it.
|Lundberg Family Farms|
Now, as a culinary crossover and now food science crossover, I carry a unique and nontraditional set of skills into my job. I like to market myself as bringing new skills to a team and automatically thinking outside the box, since I wasn't trained to think inside it. The internal dialogue often goes a little differently, but I imagine everyone's does.
|from the RCA website|
|Andrea and Yvonne (back) prepare samples for a tasting|
Wine may improve just by sitting around in a bottle (sorry to my sommelier friends for such a dumb analogy), but career improvement takes deliberate steps. This was my first step.
Soon: my next step - mindset changing. Making the leap from young manager to senior manager.
|The R&D Team 2014 - Hassan Dwidar, Yvonne Garrett, me, Andrea Zeng|