Major(s): Chemistry

What is your current role? What was your journey in arriving there?
I’m a recipe developer for Cook’s Illustrated magazine and the creator of Techniquely with Lan Lam, a series of videos that dive into the science of cooking. I’m also a cast member on America’s Test Kitchen. I spent years honing my cooking and baking skills and developing my palate as a cook in Boston restaurants.

What do you enjoy about your work? What do you struggle with?
I get to dive into recipes from across the world and learn each dish’s history, cultural importance, and how to prepare them. I dig into the science behind techniques and apply those techniques in novel ways. the hard thing about creating media is the deadlines. Stories have to be published and videos posted which means I don’t always have the time to polish my work. And when recipes or experiments go wrong, I’m often left scrambling for a new direction.

Do you have any advice for students thinking about entering your industry?
Network! Whether you’re interested in food media or hospitality, most of the folks who are doing what you want to do are open to sharing their experiences.

How did your time at Wesleyan influence your career choice/journey?
Wesleyan’s influence on my journey – I was a chemistry major but I also did some writing for other classes. A basic understanding of thermodynamics and comfort with the scientific method and the ability to write have been invaluable for my work.


Updated as of February 27, 2024

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