The Entrepreneurs

Stories behind the food we love.
kiki with poi dog sauces

The Secret Sauce: Poi Dog Brings Hawaiʻi Flavors to Kitchens Everywhere

By Breanna Rose

One chef’s entrepreneurial spirit and love for Hawaiʻi is keeping her company’s power-packed flavors alive with a new sauce line.

Ava Truckey

Home-Baked Goodness Is at the Heart of Denver’s Butter Moon Bake Co

By Victoria Pardo

For Ava Truckey, owner of Butter Moon Bake Co. in Denver, it’s not enough to just offer scones and biscuits. It’s also about giving back and lifting up historically disenfranchised groups.

Sean Smith and Brayden LeBlanc-Jackson with cotton candy

The Puffs are Taking Cotton Candy to New Heights, Literally

By Kate Eplboim

LA residents Sean Smith and Brayden LeBlanc-Jackson left their corporate jobs with the mission of doing something where they could be “as queer and colorful and ridiculous” as they wanted to be. The result is The Puffs, their cotton candy company that specializes in “huge ridiculous shapes.”

CHX meal

CHX: A Minneapolis Chicken Restaurant Finds Its Wings

By Stacy Brooks

Two childhood friends keep it simple by building a fried chicken empire created from
America’s Black experience.

ashlyn and the little vegan chef

DC Chef Publishes a Vegan Cookbook for Kids

By Alexa Madeiros

Cooking healthy has always been important to Chef Anthony Thomas. So during the pandemic, he wrote a book about just that.

heather wong

Heather Wong’s Tasty Dessert Pop-Up Flouring LA is in Full Bloom

By Kate Eplboim

Pastry Chef Heather Wong wanted to keep the baking spirit alive after losing her job. So she put some of her favorite desserts in a box and did a curbside, drive-by-pop-up. It did so well she started Flouring LA.

chef prej iroegbu

Detroit’s Fork in Nigeria is a TikTok Sensation

By Stacy Brooks

When Prej Iroegbu moved to the U.S. and couldn’t find authentic Nigerian food, he did what any chef with a love for his home country’s cuisine would do. He created his own.

Aarthi and Addy Parthasarathl

Magpies, Built on a Mother-Daughter Bond, Is All About the Pie

By Corrin Jones

Aarthi and Addy Parthasarathl wanted to find a fun way to build memories together before Addy headed off to college. Baking was the answer that segued to a business.

magenta doughnut with flower petals

A Taste of Puerto Rico in Every Box of El Secreto Doughnuts

By Kate Eplboim

Designer doughnuts became the unlikely canvas for two chefs forced to pivot after Covid-19.