Hi everyone Marco here - 3 Years ago, I was diagnosed with Diabetes after flatlining in a Sharp Memorial hospital bed. My blood sugar levels were registered at over 1400 - 10x normal levels and I weighed over 350 pounds. After my near-death experience, I decided to use my 30+ years of professional cooking experience to turn my life around. Since 2016 I have lost over 125 pounds using healthy, delicious meals that don't compromise taste for health. One of the biggest things I have missed, however, is sugar-free desserts. After finding that there are few if any market options for healthy desserts, I set out to invent my own, coming up with a delicious chocolate mousse cake I call “The Cooking Penguin.” Since then, I have invented 2 more cakes and two cookie recipes with many more in the works once we launch. I also hope to share my amazing techniques, cooking recipes, and story with as many people as possible in the hope of inspiring those with diabetes to cook healthier, more delicious meals.
After meeting Marco while helping to teach a marketing class at SDSU in San Diego, AJ was hooked on his amazing story and agreed to become a co-founder of The Cooking Penguin. Nathaniel Hosmer joined shortly thereafter as the CFO to help make sure all our taxes, business licensing and finances were rock solid.
We choose penguins because they are Marco's favorite animal and for many years were a symbol of hope for him when he was struggling with his weight and purpose. We wanted our brand to represent love, community, fun, and have a playful, cute element that we think is perfectly captured by our baby penguin mascot. We hope that our cooking penguin brand will become a symbol of great taste and hope for those with diabetes who have struggled to balance a sugar-free lifestyle with sweet tooth cravings and difficulty cooking healthy but tasty meals.
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