Max Blackman & Kyle Paine
Kyle and Max met while working together at a restaurant on Folly Beach, South Carolina, and became fast friends. One night after a long shift, Kyle confided in Max his idea: hickory smoked olive oil. As Kyle admits, "I know food and Max knows machines," the duo created a cold-smoking process that preserves the integrity and nutritional properties of extra virgin olive oil while giving it a rich, smoky flavor. "We want to make simple food that's nutritious and delicious." Kyle says. "We take two simple ingredients--olive oil and smoke--and create a complex flavor that everyone can enjoy."