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Lindsay Kinder is the owner and head macaron expert of Food La La, a San-Francisco based enterprise that hosts cooking classes and culinary events. During a stint in France after leaving the insurance industry, Lindsay spent time working on a foie gras farm, learning about grape harvest at a vineyard, and studying at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris.
How did you find your way into the historically male-dominated culinary industry?
I went from one male-dominated industry (insurance sales) to another (cooking). And the wonderful thing about cooking is that it’s only about focus and love. You don’t have to be physically strong, or of a particular ethnicity, or tall, or have attended cooking school to get that right. That comes from inside you, no matter who you are.
Which ladies serve up culinary inspiration in your life?
Susan Herrmann Loomis of On Rue Tatin in France. In 2014, I lived with her in a small French village for about a month and she has been my cooking mentor ever since. One of the first things she did was teach me about good salt and good butter. If you get those two right, everything else falls into place.
What advice do you have for other women trying to build culinary careers?
Take a risk. Do the scary thing. You’ll be amazed at the doors that will open for you once you take the first step.