Foodie Feature: Kara McGuire
Title: Applications Scientist
What I Do at Voyage: My role at Voyage is to take all the amazing products my teammates develop and test them in various applications to ensure a positive consumer experience. For example, I’m taking a scientific approach to making sure our Cocoa-Free Chocolate matches the taste, texture, bake-ability and mold-ability of real chocolate in all these different products. That means I get to experiment with our Cocoa-Free Chocolate to make sure it works as a perfect replacement in chocolate chip cookies, candy bars and even ice cream!
What a Typical Day at Work Looks Like For Me: No two days have ever looked the same at Voyage and I love it for that! One day I’ll be baking 100+ cookies for various events, the next day I’m figuring out how to make peanut-free peanut butter candies. Lots of recipe development and lots of eating — yum!
My Favorite Part of Working at Voyage: All my super dedicated, passionate and genius colleagues.
The Moment I Knew We Were on to Something Special: When I was interviewing early on and learned about the vision for Voyage Foods and the impact they are striving to make within the food system. I’ve always admired companies who go against the grain and use business as a force for good and this company is doing exactly that. So much good to come!
Product(s) I’m Most Excited About: It’s hard to choose one because we’ve got a lot of great things in the works but I think I’m most excited about the Cocoa-Free Chocolate. A lot of time and energy has been dedicated to creating this product and I just can’t wait to launch it and see the impact it has!
My Favorite Moment at Voyage (So Far): It’s difficult to pin-point one specific moment… but I love when I hear how much our consumers and potential partners love our products. Or was it the time Adam, our CEO, made the largest pot of bolognese I have ever seen? I think that’s the winner!
Fun Fact About Myself: I was on a pre-vet track in college so I’ve handled seals, penguins, owls and even sharks! There was also a time in my life where I had pet chickens named after the spice girls.
My Most Controversial/Unique Food Opinion: Apple pie should never be consumed without some extra sharp cheddar cheese!