Meet the Maker, Part 2: Chef Cameron Wells
In the 1st part of our Meet the Makers series, Chef Cameron Wells shared his culinary background and journey. We dive a little deeper in part two and learn more about his personal experiences with cannabis edibles and what sets The Makery apart from it’s competition.
What is your personal previous experience with cannabis edibles?
I never really tried edibles until I got into the cannabis industry. Like most people I was always a smoker with a preference towards spliffs. I flew to CO and ate my first brownie and now edibles are the only way I consume cannabis. I fell in love.
What activities do you like to do when you consume edibles?
One of my favorite things is consuming edibles and going to the art museum. I am fascinated by the history behind each painting and how they arrived in that exact spot. There is a power behind art that becomes unlocked once you understand the context and history of a piece. I like to get those headphones and just get lost in the museum for a few hours.
This is tough, but if I had to say one it would be The Shawshank Redemption. I am a huge Stephen King fan as well and most people don’t know that this movie was originally a short story by Stephen King. Stand By Me was also written by King under a different pen name. It was called The Body. And that is something now that you can’t unknow. 😉 A very close second is The Big Lebowski.
Favorite travel destination?
I lived in Barcelona Spain for 9 months and it was one of the greatest moments of my life. The food, the culture, the people, and life are all wonderful. Me encanta Espana!
What is your favorite The Makery flavor and why?
My favorite flavor is Blue Raspberry!
In your opinion, what sets The Makery apart from other edible brands?
We bring professionalism to our products that I think sets us apart from the rest. For instance, we hand trim each chew if there is any excess that had pooled over on the mold. That level of discipline can only be reached by people who are passionate about their work and strive to produce the best looking and tasting edibles in the market.
What advice would you give someone who wants to get into the cannabis industry and make edibles?
I think if someone wants to enter the cannabis industry for edibles, you must be willing to accept change. Regulations change all the time and you must be aware of these changes and adapt. You also must be willing to wear a lot of hats. This industry is still in its nascent stage and you will be asked to do many jobs outside of your original scope, but the good news is that you get a lot of experience in areas that you would otherwise have not.
Any final thoughts or advice?
To all the people who produce edibles for a living, don’t give up! Push through the hard times and keep pushing the envelope further and further until one day this wonderful medicine will be available to everyone. That is my hope and my dream. Hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies.
Thanks to Chef Cameron Wells for taking the time out of his busy day to answer our questions for our Meet the Makers series.