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

May 9, 2021 34 min

We kick off Food Allergy Awareness week with Kyle Dine, CEO and Founder of Equal Eats. Kyle shares his personal transformation as an 80’s child with limited information surrounding food allergies and taking risks and being dismissive about his allergies through a severe food allergy reaction in which he wasn’t prepared. The anaphylactic reaction was his moment to realize he needed to reevaluate his life and determined that his life...

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In this week’s episode, Caroline Verdon joins Shandee to chat about her embarrassing moments and funny anecdotes she has from her years in the industry. We put on our headphones for a stimulating chat with this award-winning radio presenter, producer, journalist, and podcast host of "At Least You Didn't".  This hysterical conversation will make you laugh out loud!

 

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In this episode, Shandee converses with food allergy advocate Stacey Saiontz.  Stacey’s journey into food allergy advocacy began because her son was diagnosed with 27 food allergies.  Stacey works closely with FARE and has spearheaded the passage of several pieces of legislation in New York State, including training of educators to recognize anaphylaxis and how to treat it; and allowing students to self-carry prescribed epinephrine...

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Manik Suri, CEO and Founder of Therma, joined Shandee to discuss his mission to help protect our food, health and planet though smart technology.? Therma builds safety and sustainability tools to eliminate food waste and improve energy efficiency to protect consumers and combat climate change.? Therma is leading the way in smart technology to tackle the 1.6 billion ton food waste problem.? Listen how.

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Meenal Lele is the founder and CEO of Lil Mixins, an early food allergen introduction solution.  When her 10-month-old son erupted in hives and his lip swelled after he ate an egg, she and her husband were baffled. All signs pointed to an allergic reaction, yet their baby had just been tested for food allergies and the results were negative for egg.  One week after her son’s first food allergy reaction, the results of the Learning ...

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April 22, 2021 31 min

As Revel Systems’ Chief Customer Officer, Leslie Leaf oversees all aspects of the post-sale customer journey including support and account management. Energetic and analytically minded with a background in IT, Leslie focuses on people, process, and technology improvements to minimize turn-over, improve customer satisfaction, and decrease support costs.  Throughout the conversation, it is obvious how much she is dedicated to her cra...

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April 18, 2021 38 min

We have been honored to speak to 49 exceptional guests that we are celebrating on our 50th episode. Please join the team as they converse about a few of the many memorable exchanges Shandee had with the guests.  CertiStar team members Richard Poczulp, Kelli Serrano and Marny Leary join Shandee as they cry, laugh and muse over a sampling of these conversations.

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April 15, 2021 29 min

The impact of motion sickness and morning sickness led Renee Louis-Charles to develop Hana Tonic, a unique blend of the best ingredients to help prevent and ease nausea.  While often driving along the Road to Hana that made her nauseous as a child, she brainstormed a drink product to ease feelings of queasiness.. She shares her story of how her idea came to fruition and offers advice from her lessons learned.  She and Shandee also ...

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It was an absolute joy having Laura Brubaker, Vice President of Food and Beverage at Knott’s Berry Farm, join the podcast.   Laura shared her incredible culinary journey that began after missing a job fair and eventually led her to the iconic Knott’s Berry Farm.  She shares what inspires her, including her travels, as she is creating and influencing the restaurant concepts and their menus.  We learn about the successes Knott’s Berr...

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Chef Diego Baraona is an expert at allergy friendly cooking. He’s made a name for himself by helping prepare safe and delicious meals for hundreds of children suffering from food allergies. He currently serves as recipe developer for The Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Connection Team (FAACT). I was honored to have him on the show to discuss his culinary journey and involvement with the food allergic community. We talked about his e...

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Marci Heit is a professional voice-over artist, writer, and founder of Q.D. Foodie, an innovative line of kitchen utensils that aims to be inclusive and welcoming for all children. We were excited to have Marci on the show to discuss the story behind Q.D. Foodie and how her brand is helping stimulate children’s minds in the kitchen. Marci opened up about her previous volunteer experience as a puppeteer and how this inspired her to ...

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Mark Setterington is a restauranteur, entrepreneur, and co-founder of the growing franchise, Island Fin Poke. Mark and business partner, Paul Rea, launched their first location in 2017 and over the past four years, Island Fin Poke has grown to over 30 locations in various stages of development across the country. I was honored to have him on the show to discuss his experience in the restaurant industry and successful franchising st...

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Meg Nohe is Chief Marketing Officer for Allergy Amulet, the world’s smallest & fastest consumer food allergen sensor. Meg joined the podcast to share her food allergy journey and how she became involved with the company. We kicked off the episode by discussing her daughter’s multiple food allergies and how this inspired Meg to start her career in the food allergy space. Meg also shared details about her allergies as well as her...

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Presto is a leader in the restaurant technology space. Their innovative front-of-house technology platform is currently used by over 100 million guests each month. I was honored to have Presto’s Chief Product Officer, Daniel Dreymann, to discuss the company’s approach towards innovation. Daniel explained more about Presto's next-gen technology and how they are helping restaurants enhance dining experiences, streamline operation...

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Food Allergy advocate and blogger, Natalie Rhone, has dedicated her life to advancing food allergy research and searching for better treatments. We were honored to have her on the show to discuss her knowledge and expertise around anaphylactic food allergies. We started by asking her about her journey with food allergies. From the age of 15, Natalie started developing life-threatening allergies to almost every food. We then explore...

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Celebrity Chef Nick Wallace is a leader in the Southern food experience. Chef Wallace was featured on the list of “2017’s Best Chefs America” and was also Mississippi’s first Food Network’s Chopped Champion. I was honored to have him on the show to discuss his culinary journey. Chef Wallace shared more about his Mississippi family-farm origins and also talked about the culinary skills that were passed on by his grandmothers, Queen ...

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Meet First Watch Restaurants’ Corporate Chef Shane Schaibly. As VP of Culinary Strategy, he has revamped First Watch’s menu and continues to develop fresh, new dishes for the fast-growing chain. We were honored to have him on the podcast to ask him about his culinary journey. Chef Schaibly started in the restaurant business at the age of 14 and fell in love with everything about it right away. Tune in to discover how he rose throug...

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Growing up with multiple food allergies is challenging. Our latest guest, Sarah Ackerman, has had anaphylactic food allergies since she was a year and a half old. Sarah launched her blog, Girl Behind the Hive, to share her experiences navigating life with food allergies and to also provide resources for the food allergic community. We were excited to have her on the show to discuss her story. During the episode, we explored the imp...

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Chef Athan Pixler has had a long culinary journey focused on sustainable farm-to-table cuisine. He currently serves as Executive Chef at True Food Kitchen in Denver, Colorado. We were excited to have him on the show to discuss his culinary career, his passion for agriculture, and his future goals. We kicked off the interview by asking him how he discovered his passion for food and healthy cooking. You’ll then discover what a day in...

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Kendra Chanae Chapman is a television writer for some of the most popular tv series including Designated Survivor (Netflix) and Emergence (ABC). I was excited to have her on the show to discuss what it’s like to be a successful TV writer. We started by discussing her journey with food allergies. Kendra has 20 + dietary restrictions! We explored some of the issues around food allergy testing and how she navigates her many restri...

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