We are looking forward to welcoming a fresh crop of Gastronomy students to Boston University this fall. Here is the final batch of their bios and photos. We hope you have enjoyed getting to know them!
Alex DiSchino is a first generation American from an Italian family who at a young age developed a love of food by spending hours in the kitchen with his Aunts and furthered his passion by working in multiple roles in restaurants (from line cook to waiter) before heading off to college. Originally from South Florida, Alex has been a Boston resident for the past 10 years ever since he moved to get his BSBA in Marketing from Northeastern University. Alex’s career has led him through roles where he has gained a strong background in consumer electronics and CPG food industries. With these skills in product marketing, development, and management Alex aims to continue to leverage his skills in developing commercially viable products but adjust his focus toward developing meaningful and successful food products or experiences. He sees the Master of Liberal Arts in Gastronomy program as a once in a lifetime opportunity to share his experiences with a community of likeminded individuals who have a common goal and love for food and it’s importance to our culture and society.
Christy Soojung Sung was born in Seoul, Korea. In May 2014 she completed a BA in International Relations with a concentration in Conflict Resolution at the George Washington University. From there, she worked at CJ as a business strategy analyst for 2 years. At CJ, she began to cultivate her career in the health and wellness industry and realized that her real interests were stemming from topics about food. She started talking about food and health on her Youtube channel that she started in college. As she continued to talk about food, she felt compelled to pursue a career in the food industry and wanted to learn more about it. When she found out about the Gastronomy program, she was eager to dive straight in.
She also has experience working for the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) for a year as a marketing officer, which is where she developed her passion for sustainable environments and systems.
Christy is interested in Food Policy and Food Business, but in general she is excited to absorb all topics that are related to food such as sustainable food systems, food trends and its history, how a food business works, and topics in nutrition. She is confident that this will be the start of the most exciting chapter of her life.
Kelli Smith was born and raised in Dayton, Ohio. After a childhood spent in grandmother’s kitchens and watching more Rachel Ray than Rugrats, she developed a love for all things food (especially eating it).
During her time at Miami University working toward a BA in International Relations and Latin American Studies, she had the opportunity to study abroad with Semester at Sea. While visiting over thirty countries and taking a course on the Anthropology of Food, she realized this interest might be more than just a hobby.
With a Master’s in Gastronomy Kelli hopes to combine her passions of writing, travel and food into a career, how exactly? That’s still to be determined. Whether it be through a blog or magazine, her main goal in life is to fill her passport and fill her stomach at the same time.