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Conversations with the Inspiring Nancy Kuy

Today we’d like to introduce you to Nancy Kuy.

Nancy, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
As a kid, I was a picky eater. I wouldn’t eat my vegetables and I certainly wouldn’t finish my food (which my mom was not very happy about). It wasn’t until college when I was exposed to different cuisines, meeting people and discovering that food and flavors transcended what my palate was accustomed to. As my friends introduced me to their cuisine from their native culture, I began to appreciate the work that went into creating a mole or a pho noodle soup. I started to fall in love with food (especially ice cream) and vegetables in fact!

I now work as a dental hygienist. I save my money from work to travel the world to eat at some of the best restaurants. Eventually, I created a food blog because I wanted to bring my food experiences to the public, My blog, The Food Seeker is a list of restaurants/events where I seek the most delicious food locally as well as globally. I’ve eaten at L’Astrance in Paris, Tickets in Barcelona and Osteria Francescana, a three Michelin star restaurant located in Modena, Italy currently ranked as the best restaurant in the world. I’ve networked and worked hard to meet people who have made a mark in the restaurant business, especially here in my hometown of Los Angeles, CA.

My passion is food and my goal in life is to ultimately be involved in the culinary industry. I’m presently working on starting my own ice cream business. I’ve eaten ice cream nearly every day since I was a kid and it’s been my dream to open a storefront. I truly believe that if you work hard and you’re passionate about what you do, you can achieve anything you want to!

Has it been a smooth road?
Nothing in life ever comes easy. If it did, we as people wouldn’t appreciate what we have. I certainly haven’t had an easy road to get to where I’m at today.

Although I’m able to travel and eat well, I work hard in order to do so. I work 5 days a week and when I travel, I do not get any paid vacation. So, it’s all about saving and being realistic.

Starting up a new business is difficult. As I’m learning more about ice cream, I’m coming across all the permits necessary to sell ice cream. It’s important to make this a learning experience rather than view it as a setback. Be positive and don’t give up on your passion.

So let’s switch gears a bit and go into The Food Seeker and soon to be Sweet State Creamery story. Tell us more about the business.
The food seeker blog is a list of restaurants organized into different locations. I rate each restaurant based on food and service, using a piglet rating system. I love traveling the world and visiting new restaurants. I also love volunteering as well.

LA Kitchen is an organization that teaches those who have been incarcerated or homeless the skills necessary to earn a job in the kitchen. The food that they use are donations from farms and markets that are not up to par to sell but still good enough to use. Meals are given to the homeless. It is an organization that I feel strongly about and volunteer at once a month. My blog has enabled me to give presentations to the students about how social media is an integral part of making a restaurant successful.

Additionally, through my love of food and blogging, I’m taking a leap of faith and trying to start an ice cream business. Sweet State Creamery will be a company that features flavors influenced by my travels from around the world and encompassing ice cream in its most natural state. I love creamy ice cream so expect it to be super creamy!

What do you feel are the biggest barriers today to female leadership, in your industry or generally?
I think one of the biggest barriers that females face is the idea that females are inept to be a successful leader. It’s always been a male dominant society and we are slowly crossing that barrier and showing that females are just as competent as males.

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