Tahmiene Momtazi and Ian Purkayastha may be in different industries (she’s a winemaker in Oregon and he sells truffles in New York), but they have similar backgrounds: both are children of immigrants and both broke into their respective industries at a young age. Tahmiene moved back home from New Zealand at age 24 when her father called and begged her to come make wine for him. Ian got started foraging for mushrooms in Arkansas when he was only 14 and selling them to local restaurants. We find out from Tahmiene and Ian what drives them and what advice they would give to anyone hoping to break into the food and wine industries.

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