Food innovation hub KitchenTown grows impact-driven Bay Area startups

Budding screenwriters, listen up. San Mateo’s KitchenTown would make an awesome HBO series.

Inside the halls of this 20,000-square foot campus in the heart of Silicon Valley, food scientists and strategists are helping grow the next generation of innovative food startups. Brain food for babies. Protein made from air. A Mediterranean grain bowl-making robot. Nope, not joking. The food nerd drama alone would be epic.

A Mezli employee tops Mediteranean bowls at KitchenTown in San Mateo. Mezil’s bowls are chef driven and robot prepared. (Aric Crabb/Bay Area News Group) 

You can count CEO Rusty Schwartz among those nerds. The serial entrepreneur launched KitchenTown in 2014 as a one-stop shop for

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