Name: David Topian
Title: Executive Chef
Hometown: Watervliet New York
Years in Cannabis: 2 years
I started cooking professionally when I was 16 years old and eventually graduated from the Culinary Institute of America in 1988 with a degree in classical French cuisine. After school, I worked in various French restaurants in upstate New York, where I became highly interested in baking and pastry. In 1994, I relocated to Boston where I was the pastry chef at the Top of the Hub Restaurant after which I accepted a position at the Ritz Carlton in Boston as Assistant Pastry Chef.
For a decade after the Ritz, I was the Director of Research and Development for a national wholesale pastry company where I oversaw all phases of product development. I established product portfolios for Wegman’s, Trader Joe's, Wholefoods, Starbucks, Kroger amongst other global brands. Most recently, I was the Executive Pastry Chef for Legal Sea Foods Restaurants where I developed a pastry and beverage program for all 35 locations. Now in cannabis, I’ve taken the same approach that I’ve always had to pastry: Use the finest ingredients to craft the most consistently delectable creations for everyone to enjoy.
What led you to cannabis after your position at Legal Sea Foods?: The challenge of applying cannabis to sweet and savory products that are the highest quality.
What is the most interesting thing you’ve learned about cannabis recently?: All the testing and checks and balances that have to be correct and in place before products can be developed and sold.
What is the most difficult part of your job?: Making sure the millions of pieces of edibles are consistently dosed.
What is the most rewarding part of working of your job?: Knowing that the product I make helps other people.
Do you have any hobbies or collections? : I collect electric guitars, and have an interest in model railroading!
Where do you go to learn more about cannabis?: My peers and colleagues I currently work with and now and in the past.
What’s your favorite CAC product right now?: 5mg Strawberry Shield Tablets.