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TRENT BLODGETT

CEO/ FOUNDER/ CHEF

The essence of mindful cooking is staying in the moment to observe, stir, taste, and breathe in the aromas. It’s a practice  that, quite frankly, has saved my life. 

Growing up with depression, there were times when I didn’t know where to turn or what to do with myself – and an unhealthy lifestyle wasn’t helping me out. 

Enter the world of cooking – which I landed in through a chance job as a busboy. Which led me to a host position at an upscale SF Spanish-style eatery where I ended up lingering around the kitchen a bit too often. The chef eventually offered me a position as a prep cook, and I immediately accepted. Awestruck by the aromas and flavors that came my way, I became fascinated with every aspect of cooking – the history around each dish, how taste and smell are connected to memory, and how different cultures influence each other.

I began traveling as much as I could, cramming spices into my suitcase to bring back and experiment with at home. I would then create blends that reminded me of the sights, smells, and tastes I sampled as I walked through streets around the world.

Food became my medicine, and cooking my meditation — a way of life that helped me heal. I was eager to share my practice with others.

Honing my skills as a sous chef for a boutique Bay Area catering company and hosting pop-up dinners around San Francisco, I centered my menus around my spice blends. Sharing my stories with family, friends, and guests was fulfilling , and the smiles on their faces was all the motivation I needed.

SpiceTribe was born.

CHEF PATRICIO DUFFOO

CULINARY DIRECTOR

Anyone who spends time in the kitchen with Chef Patricio Duffoo – also known as Pato to his close friends and family – will quickly notice his calm, patient demeanor. He has a legendary reputation for moving methodically even under intense pressure.

Combine that with a willingness to share his vast culinary knowledge with everyone he meets, and you can see how he is a perfect fit for Spice Tribe. 

Hailing from Lima, Peru, Pato grew up with a love of the ocean and all things nature-related, so moving to Northern California was a natural transition for him. 

Pato has served as a consultant and executive chef to some of the Bay Area’s most beloved concepts from pioneering tapas restaurant Bocadillos, as well as barvale, Teleferic Barcelona, and more.

During his time at Coqueta, Pato met fellow chef Trent Blodgett, and the two instantly connected over their shared love of exploring new flavors. As Head Chef of Spice Tribe, Pato lends his vast culinary experience to developing unique spice blends and creating content, recipes, and tutorials for Spice Tribe. 

Anyone who spends time in the kitchen with Chef Patricio Duffoo – also known as Pato to his close friends and family – will quickly notice his calm, patient demeanor. He has a legendary reputation for moving methodically even under intense pressure.

Combine that with a willingness to share his vast culinary knowledge with everyone he meets, and you can see how he is a perfect fit for Spice Tribe. 

Hailing from Lima, Peru, Pato grew up with a love of the ocean and all things nature-related, so moving to Northern California was a natural transition for him. 

Pato has served as a consultant and executive chef to some of the Bay Area’s most beloved concepts from pioneering tapas restaurant Bocadillos, as well as barvale, Teleferic Barcelona, and more.

During his time at Coqueta, Pato met fellow chef Trent Blodgett, and the two instantly connected over their shared love of exploring new flavors. As Head Chef of Spice Tribe, Pato lends his vast culinary experience to developing unique spice blends and creating content, recipes, and tutorials for Spice Tribe.