Along with music, food can be considered a language that crosses all borders.
Spanish major Beth Nielsen ’92 lives and works in the Chicago area as third-generation owner and manager of Nielsen-Massey Vanillas, serving as Vice President of Culinary.
She currently is serving as a judge for a cooking contest. The Chicago Daily Herald wrote about her:
“Her responsibilities have included overseeing the company’s international division and its food service division, sales and recipe application, research and development and product innovation.
“Before returning to Nielsen-Massey Vanillas in 2006, Nielsen founded and operated her own successful business, was a restaurant manager in resorts and fine dining and served as the financial controller and director of marketing for a team that opened five Nation’s Restaurant News’ Hot Concepts Award-winning restaurants.
“Nielsen has been the guest speaker at many conferences, seminars and culinary schools, educating chefs and attendees about Nielsen-Massey’s products. She offers innovative and creative ways to incorporate the products in both sweet and savory recipes, mixology and beauty products.
“Nielsen holds degrees in Psychology, Spanish and Music from Denison University in Granville, Ohio. She also studied International Business and Language at one of Europe’s top business schools, Esade. She spends her free time experimenting with Nielsen-Massey extracts and products in the kitchen, hosting chefs from around the globe and tending to her organic vegetable and herb garden.