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

October 14, 2021 43 min

Executive Chef David Fhima is a fascinating guest who will capture your heart with his passionate words and inspired cooking.  He is Chef / Owner of Fhima’s Minneapolis and has partnered with Levy Restaurants at the Target Center to oversee Food and Beverage Operations. He tells the story of his life and childhood influences. He shares with us the important lessons taught by his parents and how he grew up to be such an inspiring ma...

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Pediatric Allergist and Immunologist Dr. Nana Mireku has a passion. That passion is evident in everything she says and everything she does, and it certainly shines through every word of this conversation. Her mission is about reaching her patients’ goals through her food allergy knowledge.  She is in love with the ever-changing science of allergy but loves it more when her patients experience the freedom to attend birthday parties,...

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Dena Roché is a wine consultant and founder of Vin Roché, a private wine services business. She worked as a travel writer, and having experienced 35 wine regions around the world for over 10 years, she developed an expertise in wine. With changes in the business and Covid-19 creating havoc for the industry, Dena decided to make a career change centered around her love and knowledge of wine and established Vin Roché. She talks about...

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September 30, 2021 30 min

Riya Miglani is a Food Allergy Advocate that is doing incredible things. Most recently, she co-authored an illustrated children’s book titled “The Hidden Hero.”  She shares the journey, from inspiration through publication and beyond.  Her goal in writing this book was to empower kids to be their own heroes.  She hosts the podcast “Less Panic, More Peace.” which shares food allergies stories, insights, tips, ideas, and helpful less...

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Chef Brian Hay is Instructional Dean of Culinary, Pastry, and Hospitality at Dallas College. He is a Level Two Certified Sommelier and a Certified Specialist in Wine and Spirits. Pairing food and beverages is an art that Chef Brian loves to share with others, and he founded "Art of the Pair" to do just this. He was always drawn to food and cooking from an early age. His mother taught him, and watching "The Galloping Gou...

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Gayle Rigione is CEO and Co-Founder of Allergy Force. This multi-functional app has everyday features you'll use all the time and emergency features that could save your life if you make a mistake.  Her mission is to make life easier for people with food allergies to live on the go with more confidence and less anxiety. Her son was diagnosed with 14+ allergies in a world when food allergy information was sparse, and she sha...

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September 16, 2021 35 min

Founder and CEO of Žana DeVine Hospitality, Žana had the privilege of being born into a fantastic hospitality family and grew up within the industry. This is where her passion for the world of hospitality began and while abroad gave her the incentive to earn a bachelor’s degree in Hospitality and a master’s degree in Hotel Management. Impressively, she also is fluent in four languages.  Žana DeVine Hospitality is a premium global t...

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September 12, 2021 36 min

Lindiwe Lewis, founder of 'The Allergy Table' blog and co-host on the 'Desserted' Podcast, shares her experiences as a food allergy sufferer. Growing up in an era where there was limited information about allergies resulted in feelings of isolation and anxiety. In order not to feel so alone she began her businesses that allow for connections with others.  Lindi talks about overcoming the feeling of being a burden to...

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Christopher Gould is Vice President of In-Park Revenue at SeaWorld San Diego.  He is responsible for the lead operations and strategy of food & beverage, retail, photo, and ancillary revenue at California's parks (including SeaWorld San Diego, Aquatica, and Sesame Place).  He shares his inside tips, hidden secrets, and favorite parts of the parks.  He even goes so far as to fulfill his theme park fantasy.  Chris shares inte...

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Kathlena is the Allergy Chef.  She has over 200 food allergies and intolerances.  She is down to 9 safe foods that she can eat.  Additionally, most of the members of her household also suffer from food allergies that are different from the rest.  Although she cannot eat the food, her mission is to help people find their safe foods.  This is a story of someone who faced many hardships growing up and has now formed an incredible team...

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Chef Stephan C. Baity is the Director of Culinary Campus Services for Wofford College. He is also the founder of Pop’s Secret Seasoning by Stephan C. Baity, a memorial to his dad.  And Chef Stephan’s business name is Graffiti Carving. He grew up in the kitchen, and cooking served dual purposes of feeding his family and his creative outlet.  He started doing carving competitions because he wanted to be a cool dad and realized he had...

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We are honored to have a driving force for the food allergy community, Priscilla Hernandez, join this week's episode. Her mission is to enlighten and educate people about food allergies, and she is succeeding in multiple ways. Her son, Zachy, has been diagnosed with multiple food allergies, and she shares their food allergy journey from Zacky's diagnosis to her advocacy work. She was astounded by the complexity of the schoo...

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The Senior Vice President of In-Park Resale at Cedar Fair Entertainment Company, Nancy Hamlin, shares her professional journey and experiences.  Logistics is what she is excellent at, and intense planning for large-scale events is where she is happiest. Her work in hospitality and the entertainment industry is impressive.  She shares the mistakes she never saw coming and lessons learned.  Nancy talks about her best practices for ad...

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"Epi, You're My Best Friend" is written by the creative brilliance of Swapnil Patel.  He self-published this children's board book to help educate his daughter and other young children with food allergies on the importance of bringing epinephrine (Epi) everywhere. Swapnili's Café, which provides food allergy resources, is his side hustle to his work in advertising.  In this week's episode, Swapnil discusses ...

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We were honored to have Fazoli's Director of Culinary Innovation, Rick Petralia, join this week's episode. Chef Rick had a long and distinguished career in operations before taking on a role as chef. He shares his incredible journey from a math major to chef and how one cook calling in sick changed everything. He discusses the importance of cross-training and how working in operations made him a better chef. You'll also...

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Dr. Reneé Matthews is a medical doctor that does not practice medicine in the traditional sense but educates about health in all media forms. She is a medical expert and correspondent, a professional health educator, blogger, author, speaker, and host. She hosts "Out of Office with Dr. Reneé," a part of Outcome Health, and is seen in 45,000+ doctors' offices across the US. She also hosts "Ask Dr. Reneé" whic...

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Chef Michael Mauri, Chef Instructor for Bistro 13 at East Valley Institute of Technology, has 30 years in the restaurant and hospitality arena.  He discusses the limitless career path possibilities and hospitality opportunities available to students today and Michael has done many throughout his notable career.  He shares his thoughts about teaching, mentoring, and instructing and how to get the best out of novices.  Michael talks ...

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Kortney Kwong Hing was diagnosed with a peanut allergy as a young child and had multiple food allergies develop as an adult.  She also suffers from oral allergy syndrome, asthma, and eczema.  Kortney became involved in the allergy community by beginning the blog, Allergy Girl Eats.  After writing for many years, she felt that her personal story had been told and she searched for life balance. She wanted to continue to advocate for ...

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Chef Justin Fields is Corporate Executive Chef and Director of Research and Development at Bonefish Grill & Bloomin’ Brands International™.  Justin is creative and artsy; he is passionate and inspiring.  And it all comes out in his love of cooking and is evident in this week’s conversation with Shandee.  Justin attended the Culinary Arts program in high school where his desire for the culinary the arts began; it was another way...

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Dr. Charise Grant Barnes is a clinical pharmacist who is passionately advocating and supporting individuals and families diagnosed with food allergies.  She combines her personal food allergy journey experiences with her pharmacy career and entrepreneur interests to provide a support system for others. Her mission is to bring awareness to food allergies, especially since her own son has been allergic to peanuts and tree nuts since ...

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