Originally an LA boy, Kyle moved to London when he was 3 for 5 years and traveled extensively, ‘As a family we always tried to experience the local culture as authentically as possible when we traveled’. During his travels, he found himself in farmers markets and local spots, which he took to the max, ‘..in an effort to gross out my sister I would often order the strangest thing on the menu, devouring it after realizing strange can be delicious.’ His family moved back to LA for a while before moving back to Frankfurt. While in LA, they lived close to Disneyland which left an impression on him throughout his frequent visits for that ‘magical experience’. When in Frankfurt he played sports for his school which allowed for his travels, meeting people from different cultures and all walks of life. From then on- life was never the same for Kyle.
“Through traveling, I met all kinds of unique and interesting people. It was here that I first started to realize the brilliance of the dinner table and it’s ability to open people up no matter where they’re from and provide common ground for anyone to share a great experience. Ever since I’ve been a huge foodie and continuous traveler.”
And there’s more.. ‘I come from a long line of teachers and professors, and for a long time I’ve wanted to find a way to share these experiences with others. The food museum is the beginning of this. We’re working to create a disney-like engaging experience that educates, celebrates and inspires people to go on their own adventures in food’. Always on the go, Kyle travels with his girlfriend and I love to travel and adventure (even within the city) and get outside whenever Chicago’s weather allows. I play a lot of sports and as a tech geek I always have a side project or two that I’m tinkering with.
Kyle’s Foodseum concept excited me as soon as he talked to me a little bit more about it. Do you see this concept breaking into every big city? I do. So I thought I’d have a quick word with Kyle about his journey and why Chicago, a foodie town, is a perfect place for a Foodseum.
Startups.. when did the start up community start exploding in Chicago as supposed to say.. Silicon Valley?Silicon Valley is still very much alive and definitely leading the way in tech, however especially over the last 4 years Chicago has done a great job of putting itself on the map. There’s a great environment here with 1871 and other shared spaces providing a place to work and accessibility to resources, great organizations helping support entrepreneurs and the many universities and colleges provide an intelligent and aspiring population. There future is definitely bright for entrepreneurship in Chicago, what’s been seen so far is only the beginning.
“Anyone can cook, but only the fearless can be great.” – Chef Auguste Gusteau (Disney’s Ratatouille)