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Morgan Handmade Rations

Meet the Chief of Chips! Kyle Morgan was born into a Navy family, spending his earliest years traveling all over the globe. Clearly not one to steer clear of adventure, he ended up graduating with a B.S. in Sports Medicine from the University of West Florida, enlisted in the Air Force (where he underwent Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape Specialist Training), and even forecasted the weather for a time for the European theatre. 

While stationed in Europe, Kyle came to an unexpected realization that he actually belonged in the kitchen. Perhaps it was the memories of his time slinging pizzas and making sandwiches in his parents' Florida deli when he was 15-years-old—which involved a different set of stressors, to be sure, than evading enemy combatants. So for his next act, he enrolled in the Culinary Institute of America at Greystone, and cooked at a number of San Francisco’s best restaurants during his time in the Bay. 

Kyle’s next unlikely move? After spending his life on the road, he craved a quiet existence. And he found it in Denver, Colorado, where he manned the pits at the wood-fired cooking trailblazer, Acorn at The Source. As a side hustle, Kyle started up a farmer’s market stand, as well as a catering company and pop-up that specialized in gnocchi, before discovering his ultimate potato-centric passion—small-batch, artisanal chips.  

As a nod to his service in the Air Force, Kyle named his company Morgan Handmade Rations, which he established as the only independently-owned potato chip company in Colorado. Dedicated to supporting sustainable agriculture within the state, he sources the finest potatoes that Colorado has to offer (that would be purple-skinned Harvest Moons from Rockey Farms), that he hand-slices and kettle-cooks in Colorado-grown and processed non-GMO sunflower oil.  

In 2019, the company’s Colorado Green Chili chips became the first potato chips to receive a Good Food Award, by the Good Food Foundation. And as Morgan Handmade Rations continues to grow and expand, Kyle intends to start a nonprofit geared towards underserved communities that provides free culinary training, as well as a creative outlet for students to start their own CPG companies.

Suffice it to say, we think that Kyle Morgan is all that, and a bag of chips.