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October 11, 2017

Today Pilot launches its first consumer brand--Render.  With Render, we collaborate with renowned chefs to bottle, box, wrap and bag the food they make and crave.  By combining our expertise in product development with our background in fine dining, we're able to transform the innovative culinary ideas of award-winning chefs into food you can enjoy anywhere, moving these ideas from chef to shelf.  Our first product is called State Bird Seed and was made in collaboration with James Beard award-winning chefs Stuart Brioza and Nicole Krasinski of Michelin-starred State Bird Provisions in San Francisco.  State Bird Seed are clusters of puffed quinoa, seeds, nuts and spices. It’s a savory, crunchy, addictive snack that can be enjoyed on its own or as a crispy, tasty topping to any dish. Available in 3 flavors: Sea Salt, Almond Rosemary and Furikake.  Shop and learn more at renderfood.com.  

March 24, 2017

SingleThread, the restaurant, farm and inn project, by Pilot Co-Founder Kyle Connaughton and his wife Katina Connaughton, received a flawless 4 star review from Michael Bauer of the San Francisco Chronicle.  We could not be more proud to be involved in this project and helping to make the Connaughtons' vision a reality.  It has been an honor to work with the SingleThread team, which is one of the hardest working and most talented crews around.  If you haven't experienced SingleThread yet, make your way out to Healdsburg and see it first hand.

March 18, 2017

Pilot client Beboe launched its first products in its founders' trademark style at a celebrity-studded party in West Hollywood yesterday.  It's not often that Orlando Bloom, Sharon Stone and Justin Theroux are the first ones to sample the product.  We're grateful and humbled to have been able to work with Scott and Clement to infuse their elevated taste into a product worthy of the packaging Scott designed.  

March 14, 2017

Pilot client Barnana launched its newest product line at Expo West -- banana brittle!  We had a ton of fun working with Caue and his team to turn his vision into a tasty, banana-filled reality.  Can't wait for these to hit shelves and to up the snacking game.   

March 7, 2017

Pilot R&D Co-Founder and CSO Ali Bouzari won big at the 2017 IACP awards for his book Ingredient: Unveiling the Essential Elements of Food. The International Association of Culinary Professionals’ cookbook awards are considered the gold standard in the industry, and Ali is honored to have won in the Reference and Technical category. Ingredient is a beautifully illustrated guide that enables readers to visualize and understand food’s latent potential. Read Ingredient for a glimpse into how Pilot R&D attacks culinary challenges and develops innovative food.   

November 15, 2016

Congratulations to Pilot client SpireWorks who opened its first location in Westwood, Los Angeles today bringing its American-style doner to the masses.  After months of spit-roasting meat, developing the perfect crusty bread and rolling Spire Cakes, we're excited one of our favorite meals is available to all.  We had a great time working with the SpireWorks team and are looking forward to SpireWorks' continued expansion.  

September 27, 2016

Pilot R&D Co-Founder and CSO Ali Bouzari's new book Ingredient hits shelves today!  Ali's book is full of gorgeous photos and illustrations to help you visualize and understand how to cook anything.  It's the comic book version of Harold McGee's epic work and is designed to give you x-ray vision in the kitchen.  You can also get a glimpse of the knowledge Pilot R&D puts to work to make the world a tastier place.

February 11, 2016

At the 7th Annual Taste Awards held in San Francisco, Crafted won the Taste Award for Best Short Film or Documentary.  Pilot R&D Co-Founders Dana Peck and Ali Bouzari were on site to receive the award on behalf of the Crafted team.  This was a Viewer's Choice award, so we are tremendously honored that the viewers chose to reconigze the incredible colloboration that culminated in Crafted.  

November 30, 2015

Today Eater National proclaimed what the rest of the Pilot R&D team has known for some time--Single Thread, the restaurant, farm and inn project by Pilot R&D Co-Founder Kyle Connaughton and his wife Katina Connaughton, is the biggest opening of 2016.  We could not be prouder to be a part of this project and have seen first hand from the beginning the level of hard work and devotion contributed by the Single Thread team.  The final result will be a gorgeous tribute to Kyle and Katina's collective experiences and the land and community in which Single Thread resides.  Get ready for 2016. 

November 7, 2015

Pilot R&D Co-Founder Dr. Ali Bouzari joined James Beard award winning chefs Stuart Brioza and Nicole Krasinski, the chef geniuses behind Michelin-starred State Bird Provisions and The Progress, on a panel at this year's reThinkFood conference in Napa to discuss "Will Robots Cook Our Food? Humanizing Technology and Engineering Creativity."  Pilot R&D is working with a number of clients building robots and other devices to cook the food of the future.

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