Chrissy Camba and Emily Knapp met at Chicago-based Tovala, maker of the Smart Oven and chef-crafted meals, where Camba is lead R&D chef and Knapp is senior R&D chef. They immediately clicked and knew they wanted to start a business together but weren’t sure what it should be. They batted around ideas until, during the pandemic, Camba was playing around with making granola in the Smart Oven.

Knapp quickly noted that there weren’t a lot of allergen-free granolas available, so with the supp…

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Margaret Littman is a freelance journalist from Nashville, Tenn., who writes about people who make food (@littmanwrites).