Chef Themis Velgis and Shahab Samimi Co-Founders of Pura Sweeteners – Food Talks Vol 6

Chef Themis Velgis and Shahab Samimi
Co-Founders of Pura Sweeteners

Chef Themis Velgis is the resident chef and co-founder at Pura Foods. He has 16 years’ experience in food production. Born and raised in Mexico, Themis received formal training at Dubrulle International Culinary School and later travelled throughout Europe, before opening “Chocoatle”, a boutique chocolate shop.

Shahab Samimi is co-founder at Pura Foods, with a background in the distribution industry enabling him to recognize the niche in the Canadian organic food & beverage distribution channels and leverages this growing demand worldwide.

The Pura vision is to replace sugar and artificial sweeteners in foods. We provide a natural and healthier alternative to sugar and artificial sweeteners with our own agave syrup, ensuring the highest grade agave syrup available in Mexico and worldwide. Pura Agave strives to be the best quality agave products in the market place worldwide paired with the sophisticated flavour profiles unmatched by any other competitors.

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Food Talks Volume 6 was held in Vancouver BC Canada on February 12th 2013.

Presented by Richard Wolak,

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Videography by Geoff Peters of Birds in the House Productions

Filmed at the Dockside Lounge, Granville Island, 1253 Johnston Street, Vancouver BC Canada

Dockside Vancouver

Closing music by Laundryman used with permission.

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