Name: Jaime Mestan
Job Title: Director of Bistro Products
Company: Vienna Beef Ltd.
Education: Bachelors in Culinary arts & Hospitality Management from Kendall College
What positions do you hold in RCA and what does that mean you do?
I am on the Board of Directors for the Research Chef’s Association. That means I help shape the future of the Association more specifically with a focus on education and competitions.
What’s a typical day at Vienna Beef for you?
No such thing as a typical day! Some days I am working on formulations, other days I am being filmed for cooking segments or social media. I sometimes travel to present to prospective or current customers, as well as lead the charge on internal new product development.
What do you look for when scouting young talent?
Experience and drive are the most important things to me. Young talent needs to be flexible, hardworking, and more than anything they need to be able to problem solve without being asked.
What got you interested in food science, more specifically Culinology?
It was this untapped world that I never really learned about while in culinary school. The idea of using my culinary knowledge and skills to create something coupled with my creativity for the masses was beyond exciting. When I found out that was called Culinology, I knew that it was attainable, I went for it!
Who do you think is the most influential person in your field and why?
The best part of the field I work in is that I am always being influenced by my peers. There is no one person. A wise man (who will remain nameless) once described the RCA like this, “Everyone in the RCA has knowledge, but each person’s is usually specifically narrow and deep, but when we collaborate within this group, only amazing things happen.”
What is your favorite food?
Grilled rib eye cap (Spinalis Dorsi) with kosher salt and fresh cracked black pepper.
What is your favorite thing to do when you are not working?
Stare in awe as I watch my two little girls discover new things every day….and sleep (but that never seems to happen as often as I’d like)