It’s 5 o’clock, and you’re leaving the office in search of some post-work libations and snacks before dinner. You could go the traditional happy hour route — where you’re limited to a few drinks and small bites within a short window of time — or you could up the ante and visit a Japanese izakaya.
Fresh to the food scene, I made a career change from education to food and media, after studying Culinary Arts and Broadcast Journalism at SF City College. Landing my first gig as a KQED intern for Essential Pépin, later recruited as an Associate Producer for seasons 6 and 7 of Check, Please! Bay Area. As a first-time Photography Editor, I collaborated with CCA Chef Instructor Al Meyer on his first culinary textbook The Working Garde Manger. Now, in an attempt to manage the full plate of emerging talent in the Bay Area, I’m developing Kenny Kusina, a culinary and media arts studio which produces several web series; FoodCentric covering food news, Fusion a music and arts channel, Kulinarya a focus on Filipino-American food, and a live show called Studio Gourmet featuring the city’s top Chefs.
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