Cucina & Amore is dedicated to support the well-being of all people by sharing our love of
innovative, great tasting and affordable high-quality foods.

kitchen of love

The Past meets the future

A true family company, Cucina & Amore was founded in 2007, rooted in our family's love of enjoying good food and gathering family and friends in the kitchen, and we’ve been on a great journey ever since. From our beginnings as a specialty foods distributor to the founding of Cucina & Amore, we’ve stayed true to our core beliefs — value, quality, innovation — to provide delicious, high quality foods for our customers, to our retail partners and our community.

We continue to make these foods with only a few, recognizable ingredients, minimal processing, and GMO free. We owe a big thank you to everyone for joining us on this wonderful journey, and we hope that you’ll continue to be a part of our extended family for years to come.


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Meet the team

  • Ruth Wilkinson

    Founder & Chairman

    Loves hiking and pre-dawn work-outs, dedicated mother

  • Hossein Banejad


    Epicurian with a vision, passionate pioneer, loving father and husband

  • Dean Wilkinson

    COO & Domestic Sales President

    Keeps operations running smoothly, chief international olive oil tester, great father

  • Abu Taghizadeh

    International Sales President

    Keeps his eyes on international markets, enthusiastic number-cruncher and skier

  • Massood Moshrefi, PhD.

    VP Product Development

    Ardent new product developer, our science geek, the best cook in the house

  • Marlen Otten

    VP Business Development

    Passionate about health, nature & animal lover, avid dancer

  • Amanda Lee

    International Buyer & Sales Operations Manager

    The one who really keeps the show running; fervent dog rescuer, hair and makeup always on point

  • Laila Banejad

    Director of Media Relations

    Social media wiz, a dedicated gym rat and pizza lover

  • Amir Banejad

    Domestic Purchasing Manager

    The most easy-going one on the team avid gamer, food truck enthusiast

  • Janet Contreras


    Dedicated mother, loves the food of her native country, Laos, enjoys fishing


Cucina & Amore is commited to raising the bar for making delicious, high quality and innovative foods, so everyone can experience a better way to eat and to entertain at home.