Lisa Q. Fetterman
Inventor of the Nomiku Sous Vide Immersion Circulator
San Francisco, California
Lisa Q. Fetterman and her husband invented Nomiku, the first ever sous vide immersion circulator for the home in 2012. Before that an at-home sous vide immersion circulator simply didn’t exist; now the market is growing faster than the microwave, which, it should be noted, was adopted faster than the computer, cell phone, or internet.
How did she come up with the idea?
“When I worked for the top restaurants in the world we'd use these huge hulking pieces of lab equipment to create the most amazing components I've ever tasted. I really lusted after one and at the time they were thousands of dollars,” Fetterman says. “As I was saving up my friend Abe, who is now my husband, co-founder, and baby daddy, said we could just make one together, so we did! We started by making DIY open-source sous vide kits and we traveled to market spaces across America to teach classes.”
Fetterman, 29, and her husband got their business off the ground by raising money through Kickstarter and used a second campaign a few years later to raise $750,000 to manufacture an even smaller, WiFi enabled Nomiku.