On this week’s episode of The Budding Report, we are joined by Chef Charles Webb and Emma Chasen of Eminent Consulting. The guests join our hosts Charles Horton, Melissa Nasits, Christian Shaw, MD, PhD, and Chris Perri as we discuss THC May Help Treat Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome in Mice, Researchers Say. Chicago born Chef, food and beverage entrepreneur and digital content creator Chef Charles Webb (CW), is a man who seeks heart, soul and flavor in everything he does. “I’m a journeyman. I keep fighting to be in this game”. After 92 jobs, in 9 countries this ‘journeyman’ is still on the move. Voted #1 Private Chef in Chicago by Modern Luxury Magazine, 2015, Chef Charles is passionate, worldly, and driven to bring his clients the very best in all things related to food and travel. An experience curated by Chef Charles is famed for dishes rich in flavor and textures with storytelling in mind. His culinary inspiration and ingredients are born of his travels to uncharted markets and experiences with local cultures and communities. “Everyone aspires to something and I want to live that. I want to be the one to bring a new experience to people through my food”. Over years and miles of traveling as a Chef globally, Charles has entertained guests from all walks of life, ranging from athletes, rock stars, artists, to name a few. Honing his culinary style in notable restaurants like Noma in Copenhagen, Mercer Kitchen in NYC and topobampo in Chicago afforded Chef Charles access to leaders in the food and beverage industry across several continents. Although he attended Gambero Rosso culinary academy in Rome, along with several other culinary institutes around the world, Chef CW maintains his deepest culinary education came from the everyday people and cooks he encountered on his travels. While his clients come from all over the world, Chicago is home base. “I’ll always be comfortable in Chicago. It’s a home to me”. During his continuous culinary journeys, Chef Charles has cooked on motor yachts, in Michelin Star restaurants, in open fires on Caribbean islands and roasted meat in the mountains of Brazil. Every meal and every adventure adds fuel to the passionate fire of Chef Charles Webb and his belief that food is an experience. Emma Chasen has a mission to educate people on the science behind cannabis, so that they may take charge of their own healing. After graduating from Brown University in 2014 with a degree in Medicinal Plant Research, Emma went on to coordinate Clinical Oncology trials with the Brown University Oncology Research Group. When her supervisor refused a cannabis trial in favor of another expensive pharmaceutical drug, Emma quit and headed across the country to Portland, OR. She found her way to Farma, the popular Portland dispensary that takes a more scientific approach to cannabis; rejecting the Indica/Sativa binary and instead focusing on chemotypes to determine effect. She began her career at Farma as a budtender and was quickly promoted to General Manager and eventually to Director of Education. In this role she was able to focus on educational efforts and create a robust training curriculum that focused on cannabis science, product knowledge and empathetic patient care. Emma now co-owns and operates Eminent Consulting, a cannabis consulting business that offers educational training and craft industry development for cannabis industry professionals and businesses. She helps brands develop educational marketing collateral and ongoing educational programs to further elevate their brand presence in a competitive industry. She also helps struggling and newly emerging cannabis businesses with business organizations and sets them up for success in both the competitive medical and adult use markets. Emma was named Portland’s Best Budtender of 2016 and featured in Newsweek, MG Magazine, Forbes, High Times Magazine, The Centennial, The Oregon Leaf and Teen Vogue for her work with cannabis education. She is also a regular guest on many cannabis focused podcasts and has been featured on television for her ability to explain scientific concepts around cannabis in a way that is accessible and helpful to the general public.
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