Stephanie Ronquillo is a Cal Poly alumni, and perhaps she could be described as one of my first influences in getting me involved in college. She was the ideal academic student. With the 4.0 GPA, president of the food science club, she’s smart.
After college, she went straight into industry and works at Newly Weds Foods as a food scientist where her focus is on seasoning blends.
In this interview, we focus a good chunk on strategies to make your college experience meaningful, childhood heroes, and interview tips.
About Stephanie Ronquillo
At Newly Weds Foods, we understand how important it is for your brand to stand apart. That’s why we search the world for flavors and culinary techniques that inspire customized ingredient creations. See what makes us a one-of-a-kind partner.
#1 In Food Ingredients
In the food processing and foodservice industries, Newly Weds® Foods is recognized as the premier global purveyor of customized breaders, batters, seasonings, and functional ingredients. Whether you’re developing products for retail or foodservice success, you’ll find our integrated resources are one of a kind.
Key Take Aways
- What’s harder to work with? A big company or a small company?
- Falling in love with Food Science
- What is really hot about seasoning
- The secret to good spaghetti sauce
What We Talk About
White Label or Contract Manufacturing
Cal Poly SLO
IFTSA competitions, college bowl, etc
Del Monte Foods
Most Important Skill for the Job: Having good taste buds
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?: I don’t know
Food Trends and Technologies: Naturally perceived treatment of spices
The biggest challenge the food industry has to face: being clean and balanced, but make sense
Who inspired to get into food: Alton Brown
A A Milne: Winnie the Pooh
Favorite Quote: You are brave than you believe, stronger than you see, smarter than you think
Tao of Pooh
Favorite Book: Harry Potter
Favorite Kitchen Item: Kitchen Aid
Favorite Food: Spaghetti and Meat Sauce
Advice to get into the food industry: Don’t be afraid to have a bad interview, if you can show growth, you can still get the job
Any Advice: Don’t worry about grades too much. Do something fun. Takes risks, be brave.