Kathryn Tomajan

Olive Oil Maker

Kathryn Tomajan is an olive oil producer, miller, taster, and educator. In 2012, she graduated with a master’s degree in food culture from the University of Gastronomic Sciences in Pollenzo, Italy. Her master’s thesis research focused on the opportunities and challenges for New World oil, which took her from Italy to Australia and back to her home state of California. In 2015, she was elected to the California Olive Oil Council’s Board of Directors with a special focus on marketing and outreach. She also serves on the California Olive Oil Council Sensory Panel to taste, grade, and certify extra virgin olive oils. She’s currently working with Enzo Olive Oil in California’s San Joaquin Valley. This past year was the first harvest for her newly formed Olive Oil Company, Fat Gold, which she founded with her partner Robin Sloan.