Krysten Wasik found her passion for food while recovering from an eating disorder as a teen. Although she’s worked in non-culinary jobs, she’s always made her way back to the kitchen. After having her son, she founded MomNoms, an educational catering company. Currently, Krysten works for Google Food.
Want to meet Krysten? She’ll be speaking at our San Francisco #girlswithknives event on March 28th.
How did you find your way into the historically male-dominated culinary industry?
I grew up with food and eating problems, so when I was young I decided it helped me to cook. It grew into a passion, so I started working to cultivate it. I didn’t make it a career until later. Originally I studied communications and worked in social media, but I hated it. So I went back to the kitchen.
What has been a defining moment, positive or negative, in your career?
The defining moment of my career was when I was told that I wasn’t fast enough or food enough. I started to work harder to perfect my palette.
Tell us about the culinary women who serve up culinary inspiration in your life.
Julia Child will always be an inspiration. But in reality, my friend Vikki (owner of Little Red Riding Truck, a Bay Area German food truck) is my greatest inspiration. She came to a new country and started a completely new business, helped people understand a new kind of flavor, and keeps persisting.
What advice do you have for other women trying to build culinary careers?
Never give up. Don’t let people put you down. And show people who doubt you that you are amazing.