I am not exactly sure how to reach out and introduce myself to a national audience quite like this, but here it goes. Hello new friends, acquaintances, strangers, and a big hello to those that may not enjoy cannabis at all. My name is Christopher Sayegh. Some people call me The Herbal Chef, but mostly people don’t call me. Just kidding (am I allowed to make jokes here?). I am pretty new to this column, so as I get my shit figured out, you will see me changing up my style a little bit, but just bear with me—I promise I’m worth it. The most important part of this introduction is to articulate how happy I am to be a part of the cannabis industry, and how fulfilled I am with my current path.
In 2010, while I was heading off to college, I flew to NYC to attend an “underground” cannabis investment gathering. I already had an idea for a Cannabis Infused Restaurant at the time, but this was my first professional gathering, and my concept was shunned and laughed at in front of investors. As I type this, however, the plans for ‘Herb’ to become the first Cannabis Infused Restaurant in the world are in motion…Fast forward from that underground gathering to two years into college, where I found myself ready to leap into my next adventure. Now I will not deny nor confirm that psychedelics played a role in helping me understand my true purpose in this life. When my time studying molecular science at UC Santa Cruz was over, it was time to embark on my life’s mission.
With the in-depth knowledge of cannabis from my primary studies, my passion for knowledge grew into an obsession. I needed to understand what I was putting into my body, and what reaction it was causing. These realizations were met with a flurry of mixed emotions, as I was deeply perplexed why anyone would want to keep such a useful plant from mainstream cultivation…but I digress. My studies of cannabis were put on hold for some time as I left school and pursued cooking on a professional level. From Michelin-starred restaurants to large scale catering banquet halls, all my life I was searching for a way to make a positive impact while sharing happiness, spreading love, inspiring others, being challenged, using my creativity and traveling the world. This path of culinary excellence offered me all the above in spades. My vision for a better self and world is what keeps me going, even today. These experiences helped me build the foundation of who I am as a business man, and shaped how I ventured out into the world.
Now that you know how I got here, I’ll give you a little update on how we’ve progressed. Doing everything by yourself is only a strength if you don’t focus on becoming a global brand. With The Herbal Chef reaching all corners of the globe via some amazing press, it was clear to me that I needed to drop my solo mentality. Enter The Herbal Crew! THC has grown into a full-service company that caters to the professional cannabis industry, complete with a full team dedicated to standard-setting services. You can see our newest line of edibles, as well as sign up for our exclusive cannabis events, via our website. With that said, I will be relentless in my pursuit of a better world through the use of cannabis, and discuss my journey here as it unfolds. I hope to inspire your passions, educate you, make you laugh and learn with you in the columns to come.