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Welcome Chef Ryan Shepherd!

Louisiana raised Executive Chef Ryan Shepherd joins Nikken Foods USA. Chef Ryan, a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America and former Executive Chef to two of Louisiana’s most iconic food manufacturers, Magic Seasoning Blends and Camellia Brand, brings 19 years of culinary experience and market-proven product development skills to Nikken and their clients. “Developing new products is a Chef’s dream. Whether it’s a new dish, sauce, or entire menu, creativity is my passion. But that creativity comes with terms. No matter where you are or what you’re cooking, you can’t create great food without great ingredients – and Nikken has the best” says, Chef Ryan.  Chef Ryan is excited to join Nikken in St. Louis, MO saying, “The future of food is exciting and challenging. Here at Nikken we help people around the world push through those challenges to create exceptional products. I couldn’t be more excited to join the team, the mission, and be of service to those working hard to create better food.” Reach out to Chef Ryan at, askourchef@nikkenfoods.com.

Why Choose Nikken?

WE ARE YOUR UMAMI AND CLEAN LABEL EXPERTS

  • Delivering umami and kokumi solutions for over 55 years
  • Umami education is our focus
  • Provide real food ingredients supporting clean label development initiatives
  • Natural products made from umami-rich grains, seafood, vegetables and mushrooms
  • Product options include gluten-free, allergen-free, vegan, vegetarian, kosher, organic and non-BE
  • High quality ingredients offering a variety of taste experiences

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