The Host

My name’s Adam Yee


I’m a young professional who started this podcast in 2016.

As a high school senior, I decided to choose food science as a major because I really liked food and thought I could do something with it. However, unlike an accountant major, in which you know you’ll become an accountant after college, being a food science major, it’s actually very confusing where you’re going to end up.

So after studying diligently, working in a microbiology lab, product development competitions, production at a pilot plant, quality assurance at a slaughterhouse, and working with expensive machinery such as extruders…

I still had no idea what the heck a food scientist really did.

But your options are pretty open.

I decided to take an R&D position in a granola bar factory out of college. Soon after, I read this article. 

Something resonated within me after I finished, and I think it’s because I was in a similar situation.

I’ve recently moved to a new city and I had to do a lot of explaining on what I do. I tell people: “I’m a food scientist” and in general, people were really interested, but I got kind of tiring explaining it over and over again.

A lot people have said to me, “Man, your job is so cool, I wish I had that job if I knew about it sooner”.

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That’d be nice, wouldn’t it?

So Gallace’s article presents a problem, people either don’t know about the food industry, or as the VP of Cargill Mike Robach says in this article, people don’t care.

I don’t know what the problem is, but I reflected and kind of realized what drew me into the food industry: a curiosity of how food works, the love of food… and getting free food at my job. At least I’m being honest!

So I emailed Gallace from FoodGrads and asked how I could help.

We decided to focus on creating a podcast, which is something I’ve always wanted to do ever since I’ve listened to them during the long commute at my previous job.

I’ve received a lot of inspiration and advice from the people I’ve listened to, so I feel that it’s a hip, new and effective medium to try out.

This food industry podcast isn’t about news in the industry, or why my science is better than your science, it’s about celebrating what we do and why.

Its for young people who want to explore options in this wonderful industry.

Nicole puts it best:

There has never been a more exciting and important time to pursue a career in food, the future of food depends on it.