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Hormel Foods Expands Our Food Journey™ with Launch of New Podcast Series

Hormel Foods Expands Our Food Journey™ with Launch of New Podcast Series

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2018

Hormel recently launched a new podcast series titled Our Food Journey™, as a part of the company’s larger social responsibility efforts. Inspired by the food it makes and the difference the company makes in the world, the podcast features discussions with renowned master chefs, food entrepreneurs, food scientists, and Hormel Foods employees.

Wendy Watkins, Vice President of Corporate Communications, Hormel Foods"The speed of change and innovation in today's food industry is unprecedented," said Wendy Watkins, Vice President of Corporate Communications at Hormel Foods. "The Our Food Journey podcast is a place for thoughtful and in-depth conversations about the opportunities and challenges we're currently facing, with people who are making a difference in how we create and think about food. Everyone—Midwestern farmers, food entrepreneurs, master chefs, parents preparing dinner for their families—is a player in an interconnected food system, and each one deserves a place at the table."

The first season of the Our Food Journey™ podcast is available on iTunes, SoundCloud and Google Play Music, and has launched with 10 episodes.

The podcast is hosted by esteemed American journalist and author Ethan Watters and Certified Master Chef Ron DeSantis

“Inspiring employees to create an impact felt around the world is tied to the company's mission. In our day-to-day work with Our Food Journey, we have so many intriguing conversations about food with the most fascinating people. We often found ourselves wishing we could share that experience with everyone. So, we decided to do that,” Watkins stated.

Ethan Watters, Journalist and AuthorThe series is hosted by esteemed American journalist and author Ethan Watters and Certified Master Chef Ron DeSantis. Their guests include an exceptional lineup of food industry trendsetters, including:

  • Chef Kenneth Temple - Food Network "Chopped" champion, cookbook author and private chef
  • Wilson Tang - New York City native and well-known restaurateur
  • Tanya Rodriguez, Ph.D., MSW - Senior cultural anthropologist at Hormel Foods
  • Chef Tony Finnestad - Hormel Foods corporate chef, Foodservice division
  • Chef Christina Machamer - Winner "Hell's Kitchen" on FOX, private chef and sommelier
  • Evan Inada - Customer Marketing Manager at Columbus Craft Meats
  • Certified Master Chef Adam Busby - General Manager at The Culinary Institute of America, Greystone
  • Francisco Parada-Rabell - Director of Beverage Innovation at CytoSport, Inc.
  • Chef Dominic Orsini - Winery Chef at Silver Oak Cellars in Oakville, CA

"People are so passionate about every aspect of the food we eat," Watters said in a company press release. "We wanted to open those discussions up and really dig into the knowledge our experts bring to the table, literally."

Ron DeSantis, Certified MasterchefDeSantis, his co-host, added, "As a chef, being able to sit across the table and talk to other chefs, anthropologists, and food entrepreneurs was an incredible experience. Hormel Foods is doing some remarkable work in the food and culinary world, and I really think people will hear about topics and stories they may not always think about when they sit down to eat a meal."

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