Pastry Chef and product developer Kami R. Smith kicks off our first interview series with the Culinology Blog from the Research Chef Association. An active member and leader in the RCA, Chef Kami shares her story of going from production baking to pastry school instructor and to research chef. Throughout her narrative, you can hear her sense of humor and personal drive that have made her the type of chef and mentor she is today. Whether you’re considering crossing from restaurants to R&D or you’ve already started, you’ll know exactly what she means when she acknowledges that she might drive food scientists a little bit nuts.