Occupation CEO and Co Founder Belcampo Meat Company Location Shasta Valley, California Favorite Food Carne Cruda Rebel Story I grew up in Oregon and California and also in Colorado and London kinda moving around a lot. I have always been interested in food since I was really small. My grandmother was a great cook and I cooked with her a lot. My family knows how to garden. My parents lived in Germany for about a decade and I was born there on a raw milk dairy. So, my mom thinks that all the raw milk that I ate as a little girl might be why I got so interested in food. I started a bunch of little food businesses when I was in high school and college and I just wanted to work in the food business right from the get-go but I didnt want to be a chef. I graduated from college in 98 and there really wasnt a lot happening in the quality food movement. When I looked into the landscape of what you could do in food, working in business meant working for Safeway. Working in quality food or artisan food meant either working for like a European food distributor, or being a food journalist and talking about the most expensive champagne which is what people were talking about in food journalism. I got an internship to study cheesemaking in Northern Europe and Southern Africa for a year and I spent a year visiting over 100 dairies and travelling from Morocco, Indonesia, Greece, Italy, France, Switzerland, the UK and I just was amazed by seeing that in these small towns and these small dairies, it seemed like the closer you were to the earth in those countries the better your life was and the healthier you were. And of course I love to eat and cook and I was just learning so much with the food experiences I was having, so I decided to make a go of it and living in Europe. I worked in Sicily, writing the business plan for a cooperative of cheesemakers. After 2 years I was recruited to go work for Slow Food and after a year at Slow Food, I became the program director for their foundation and worked on micro-investment programs for small scale food producers. I moved back to the states in 2005. When I came back to see my folks and see my friends I was noticing more and more a good cheeses and more and more activity around farmers markets, it was like stuff was percolating. I started a company that did distribution from small farms to big hospitals and schools. We supplied the produce for Ventura unified school district, High School Viamente, Blue Shield, hooking the biggest buyers up with some of the smallest responsible farming. That was amazing education just getting a business up and running, you know getting it funding, operational management we grew the team massively in a short period. All that stuff was great for me and really really challenging, fun and I was kind of getting in the product distribution space that I would need for Belcampo.