The Entrepreneurs

Stories behind the food we love.
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.

plate of dumplings

A Husband and Wife Team ‘Keep It Saucy’ with Oh Golly Dumplings

By Cara Hutto

Making dumplings during Covid was a huge comfort for husband-and-wife Sara Timmer and Ryan Vansplinter, so much so that they started delivering them to friends in return for sourdough starters and cookies. Now, it’s a business.

caitlin and graeme miller behind the knish counter

What’s a Knish? BenReuben’s in Portland, ME Will Explain

By Sarah Strong

From oyster shucker and HR director to knish makers. Such is the story of BenReuben’s, where you’ll find a hefty dose of nostalgia at this couples’ Maine Knishery.

korean short rib bowl

Ko Sisters Seoul Food Is a Hit on a Stick

By Sarah Strong

Ko Sisters Seoul Food in Portland, OR offers Korean favorites on a stick because, says chef/owner Susie Song, “Why not make everything easy to eat on the go?”

Napoli pizza truck

From West Africa to North Carolina: A Special Kind of Pizza

By Cara Hutto

A motorcycle trip from Southeast Asia to Europe to Mali led this couple to throw their energy into a wood-fired pizza business. Residents of Carrboro, NC are the beneficiaries.