A graduate of San Francisco’s California Culinary Academy, a branch of Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts, Chef Ashley Zulpo started working with Tyson Foods long before her culinary journey took her all over the country.
“We actually lived right down the road from a Tyson plant,” she said. “As a kid I had this lemonade stand in the summer. I remember that one day, this huge Tyson semi-truck stopped and these two guys got out. And for 25 cents a cup, they got their lemonade and took off.”
Later that day, they came back. “They said, ‘That was the best lemonade we’ve ever had; may we have more?'”
Years later, Zulpo found herself working various positions throughout a host of restaurants. She found joy in the camaraderie, the adrenaline and the passion that are part and parcel of working in the kitchen…It became evident that food was her calling.
“It’s a different form of art. I find it very interesting: the science, the art, the creativity,” she said.
Her career would take her to the West Coast and eventually home to Tyson Foods. Today, she helps bring products like the Tyson® Crafted Creations® brand to the world. Reflecting on her work at Tyson: “I love being able to be here, be creative and give our customers a product or a recipe that they can bring home to their families.”
“Wearing the Tyson chef coat makes me proud to remember those two guys who got out of the truck.”