"I started by entering a salsa contest here at the Farmers' Market; I was a volunteer helping them set up tents and Megan, the director, knew that I made salsa, so the first year they were having their salsa contest, I entered it and won first place. The second year, I won first place again, and I decided, 'All right, let's start doing this.' So, I was an engineer at the time and sort of transitioned myself into doing this full time."
"It must have been scary making that change."
"Yes. Yes. Of course. Leaving a very steady income, it was very, very scary. But I didn't do it altogether; I did it gradually, so I was sort of weaning myself off of one job and getting into this one."
What got you interested in salsa in the first place?"
"My parents have always cooked with me and my brother; that's how we started cooking. What got me into hot foods? Not really sure, because the rest of my family is not into it like I'm into it."
"And what's your favorite of your own salsas?"
"My first one. The tomatillo peach. The heat comes in after a little while and the peach levels it off."
I had to try some, and he's right. It is amazing.