August 18, 2022

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Stetson entrepreneurship student launches Herbie Rake kitchen utensil

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Yrs of scratch-produced cooking eventually sparked an idea for Kendall Buck.

Buck, a 19-12 months-old Gilbert, Arizona, indigenous and sophomore at Stetson College, and her mothers and fathers dreaded gathering cilantro leaves off the stems.

“It acquired to the level in which we were being possibly seeking to make deals with every single other about washing the dishes or thumb wrestling as an alternative of peeling herbs because we realized how tedious and time-consuming it was,” the entrepreneurship and administration student said.

Each time it was her convert to pull the herbs via a strainer or slotted spoon, Buck’s brain fixated on a singular thought:

There has to be an less difficult way to do this, proper?

Now, thanks to her have generation, there incredibly nicely could be a resolution.

Buck made the Herbie Rake — a purple, double-sided cooking utensil which strips leaves of cilantro, rosemary, dill, basil and additional off their stems — using a 3D printer in the duPont-Ball Library’s Innovation Lab at Stetson. She finalized the design at the conclusion of her freshman year with the guidance of Tony Ganus, the Innovation Lab supervisor.

Kendall attributes her mother, Tabitha Buck, for inspiring her with the remaining style. She reported her father, 14-12 months veteran chef Gordon Buck, ignited her entrepreneurial spirit.

The dual-sided Herbie Rake strips leaves off cilantro, rosemary and other herbs.

Gordon died out of the blue at the age of 49 on Aug. 6, 2017. At the time, Buck was a junior in high college.

“He surely pushed me to be outgoing and choose dangers,” she explained. “I assume that, combined with all the cooking increasing up, is what drove me to get my organization off the floor.”

Final spring, she pitched the item at the Collegiate Business owners Group Southeast Entrepreneurship Conference in Chattanooga, Tennessee — reaching the finals of the three-round opposition.

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