Our Team

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Meet Our Staff

David Porras

David recently moved to the US from Costa Rica, where he ran Aborigen, a highly popular farm-to table-restaurant. David earned a diploma in culinary arts at Latina University; was certificated in hydrocolloids and avant garde techniques at the French Culinary Institute in New York City; and obtained a Masters in cuisine, techniques, and produce from the renown Basque Culinary Center in San Sebastian, Spain.

Lori Nelsen

Lori is the former Laboratory Manager in the Earth and Environmental Sciences Department at Furman University. She has an MPH in Environmental Health Sciences/Toxicology from the University of California, Berkeley, and an MS in Analytical Chemistry from Furman University. She has a passion for baking and cooking, and has successfully melded her laboratory and kitchen skills. She has also attended the Seasonal School of Culinary Arts in Asheville, NC.