Alexandria has had a love for food as long as she can remember: cooking shows took the place of cartoons on Saturday mornings growing up in Los Angeles. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a B.A. in Psychology and Economics from Vassar College in New York, after which she worked for Food Network in the New Business department.
Wine quickly became an obsession, and after completing the first certification level of the Court of Master Sommeliers, Alexandria moved to San Francisco to be closer to wine country and to serve as celebrity chef Tyler Florence’s brand manager. Alexandria worked side-by-side with Tyler and his corporate chef during the development of his twelfth cookbook Inside the Test Kitchen: 120 Recipes, Perfected. Fried chicken taste-testing was taken very seriously.
Alexandria then pivoted to food tech as the national brand manager for Caviar. She led production of a chef video, managed email campaigns across the country, and tackled social media for the brand. Her Italian roots soon came calling: she moved to the land of pasta to pursue an M.B.A. in Food and Wine at the University of Bologna. She made it back to the Bay Area to finish her thesis on the value of social, educational wine experiences, integrating a business plan to open a wine bar someday.
Kyle and Alexandria soon after launched The Cutting Board to leverage their mutual love for all things delectable. You can find her raising a glass of rosé and making organized salads.
Kyle Hughes grew up in a small town in Northern California called Ukiah (HAIKU spelled backwards, not intentionally). After attending New York University and earning a degree in Music Business, with a brief stint in music technology in Boston, Kyle moved to San Francisco and was immediately immersed in the food world.
He was lucky enough to find a job at Pizzeria Delfina and worked for three restaurants within that group, including Locanda and Delfina. Then came meat. The culmination of several years of moving meaty morsels at 4505 Meats led Kyle to be featured as "Cosunclma", the "Turducken of Relatives" in The Bold Italic. He then went on to work for the publication for a year before it shut down in 2015. It has since reappeared.
In the most recent future, Kyle has worked mainly in coffee, currently serving as Director of Wholesale for Linea Caffe. He then teamed up with Alexandria to work on their idea for The Cutting Board, which was just launched last February. They found mutual admiration, professional synergy, and the desire to work together over coffee discussing the intricacies of the food industry. He admires chefs and food-makers and loves feeding his friends on cutting boards, which is where the name came from.
Kyle invites you to come over for dinner and eat with your hands. Bring wine!