ShandeeLand

ShandeeLand

Join CertiStar CEO, Shandee Chernow, as she explores food allergies, business, and life’s moments. Each week she will have special guests from all walks of life including chefs, restauranteurs, celebrities, food allergic innovators and other industry leaders. Feel inspired and motivated as you hear success stories and other incredible life experiences.

Episodes

September 19, 2022 21 min

Sheila Bennett is Executive Director of CORE, Children of Restaurant Employees. The national nonprofit CORE is dedicated to helping hospitality employees with dependent children when they are in need. When an employee has experienced a qualifying circumstance, such as injury or death of a family member, CORE provides financial relief and resources so the individual can take care not just themselves but also those who depend on them...

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Dave Finley’s adage is “The Louder the Snap, the Better the Dog.”  He is Director of Food Safety and Compliance at National Coney Island Restaurants, and the dog he is referring to is a coney dog. National Coney Island Restaurants offer brick and mortar locations, food trucks, catering, coney carts, and coney kits. Dave’s 31 year journey started with the company as a teen working as a busser and dishwasher. Do you know what a coney...

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September 7, 2022 28 min

A soon-to-be-released full-length movie about food allergies is executive produced by Mandi Kearns. Mandi, using her education and experience as an elementary school teacher, is an advocate for her son who was diagnosed with food allergies at eight months old. She has worked with FARE and Children’s Mercy Hospital and also founded her support group. Her current undertaking is Just Like You – Food Allergies. Through immersive storyt...

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Michelle Addison's family is a family living with food allergies. Michelle herself suffers from food allergies. She also is a mother to three, all with food allergies. Her husband has adult on-set food allergies, and their dog was recently diagnosed. Their journey is constantly changing as some allergies are out-grown and new ones are diagnosed. One with food allergies is challenging; five can be overwhelming, and the constant ...

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Karl Goodhew is Chief Technology Officer for BurgerFi.  His professional journey included being on the ground floor of iPhone and android smart phones by building apps, including for big box retailers. He led big software development teams and is now building restaurant technology, occasionally through vendor partnerships.  Karl discusses the “buy vs. build” software debate.  He talks about the latest industry-leading technology re...

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For 14 years, Chef Brad has been the President and CEO of HRBUniversal and director of all divisions. Chef Brad has been an industry veteran for over 30 years and brings real-life experience to his work. He is a Certified Master Trainer and is one of the only master trainers in the United States and Internationally that is approved to administer and teach all of the ANSI/CFP-approved food safety programs and to conduct the train-th...

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Tamara Hubbard, LCPC, is the Founder and CEO of The Food Allergy Counselor (FAC), providing psychosocial resources for the allergy community & behavioral healthcare providers. The goal has always been to be a one-of-a-kind resource, helping the food allergy and allergic disease community to effectively navigate psychosocial impacts and positively impact the quality of life and mindsets of those managing these diagnoses. Tamara’...

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Dr. John James is an Allergy, Asthma and Immunology specialist certified by the American Board of Allergy and Immunology, particularly interested in pediatric food allergy and anaphylaxis. He has a strong family history of asthma, food allergies, and eczema and has been diagnosed with FPIES*. After 30 years in a clinical setting, he wanted a change in how he benefits patients. In January of 2021, he formed and launched a new busine...

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It's been two years since Matt Welsch, the Vagabond Chef, joined us last, and we are thrilled to catch up on all the great work he has done in that time. He is chef and owner of the Vagabond Kitchen and leans hard into the Appalachian culture. In the depth of the pandemic, Matt used the time to best benefit himself and his business; he got focused. He recently celebrated eight years by launching a new menu. He also found a YouT...

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Ryan Dion is Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer of 110 Grill and guides one of the nation's fastest-growing restaurant chains, an eight-year-old enterprise with 36 restaurants across five states. He was named The Massachusetts Restaurant Association's Restaurateur of the Year in 2020. Ryan shares what sparked his passion for the hospitality industry and his journey to lead restaurants of his own. He and his team dutiful...

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July 5, 2022 33 min

Insightful, inspiring, and captivating. she will excite you with her passion for a more mindful existence. Aleasa Word is Vice President of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Connection Team (FAACT). FAACT’s mission is to educate, advocate and raise awareness for individuals affected by food allergies. She is the founder of A. Word & Company, a full-service coaching firm offering diversity and incl...

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June 27, 2022 33 min

Mandy Hines is Regional Admissions Counselor for Johnson & Wales University, known for its College of Food Innovation & Technology.  She has worked as the Director of Hospitality Foundation for the North Carolina Restaurant and Lodging Association and was tasked with coordinating the ProStart programs working with teachers and students.  She also has a Bachelor of Science focused in Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Scienc...

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Ben Apple is a Food Allergy Parent, Inventor, and Founder of Allergen Safety Products. Ben’s son, Wil, is allergic to tree nuts and his first reaction was anaphylactic. The food allergy diagnosis changed how they live their lives. Ben’s AHA moment was flying with his family on a dirty, nut-covered plane. The products they had with them were deficient and the products they searched for were lacking. So, Ben set out to invent WellToo...

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When Elana Winchester joined the #fairkitchens initiative, she saw an opportunity to work for a more resilient and sustainable food service and hospitality industry. She's North America's ambassador for #fairkitchens and a Content Specialist at Unilever Food Solutions. She joins this week's show to share details about the initiative.   Research showed that this industry isn't thriving and will fail if it continues, ...

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Katie Moreno is the go-to advocate for food minorities, such as those impacted by food allergies. She leads an inclusive movement within the hospitality industry to create a more welcoming environment. Katie has made it her mission both personally and professionally to dedicate herself to thoroughly researching how restaurants meet these needs. She speaks to this issue as someone who knows firsthand how it can be beneficial for bot...

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Chef Anthony Dee has been a part of the Landry's family as Corporate Executive Concept Chef for many years. When he was 16, his desire for an auto became the driving force in shaping how he would live out life. He shares about developing recipes and researching new dishes but says it's important to stay creative and innovative. He discusses managing multiple concepts and the brand or restaurant acquisition process from a ch...

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Kimberly Yates is the Founder and CEO of Latitude Food Allergy Care, the Co-Chair of FARE's Board of National Ambassadors, and a food allergy mom. Kim has been a force for change in the food allergy community since she sought a cure for her daughter's severe multiple food allergies. The struggle became more than personal for Kim - It's become mission-driven! She joined forces with Dr. Kari Nadeau to raise the resources ...

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AB2640 is named after Zacky, a child with life-threatening food allergies who suffered two anaphylactic reactions in his 1st grade school year. He has made it his mission to champion a state resource guide and ensure that all kids with food allergies and caregivers have the most available and comprehensive information possible in school. Zacky’s mother is Priscilla Hernandez, a food allergy advocate and author of ‘Zacky’s bill / AB...

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Rafi Taherian is the Associate Vice President of Yale Hospitality at Yale University. Still, his journey started in Iran, and he shares his intriguing story that exemplifies an immigrant's journey to the US. Rafi is a dining services revolutionary who has forged partnerships with Yale University and the food industry to create positive change on campus and in dining halls. His leadership in developing innovative programs for su...

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Meet Brittany Charlton, Founder, and CEO of Ohh! Foods. Brittany is on a mission to bring awareness to food allergies while creating innovative snacks that are free from the top 10 food allergens. Her motto is “turning the ‘but’ into an ‘and,’” and she is doing precisely that. Brittany suffers from a peanut and tree nut allergy and lactose intolerance that developed into a dairy allergy. After suffering from a reaction at 18, she s...

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