Name: Jared Diehl
Hometown: Dayton, VA
Major and Graduation Date: Culinary Food Science, Spring 2018
Favorite ISU Class: I really enjoyed our Food Product Development Class. Since I wanted to pursue a career in food product development this class made me really excited to graduate and pursue a career in research and development. Learning how to produce a food product from Ideation to Commercialization was very interesting and helped to strengthen my love for food and food product development.
Job title and Company: Innovation and Design Lead, Buddy’s Kitchen
Major Job/Position Responsibilities: Buddy’s Kitchen is a custom frozen food manufacturer. I work as the Innovation and Design Lead for the Convenience Store Channel. This entails ideation, development, commercialization and launching the product into stores.
What you like most about your job/position? One of my favorite parts of my job is that I get to see a product from start to finish and everything in between. At some companies the product developer has a specific job of ideation or just launching the product but at Buddy’s Kitchen the developer is responsible for everything.
What advice would you give to current students pursuing a career in Agriculture and Life Sciences? My advice would be to always pursue new opportunities and not to be scared of failure. While in college I took advantage of the career fair with internships and it helped me to land where I am today. Some internships may seem daunting and out of your comfort zone but it will be worth it in the end.