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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

August 1, 2021 34 min

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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Lori Moussapour is a therapist, life coach, and educator.  She is the founder of To Empower U and its two specialty divisions, Food Allergy U and To Inspire U, specializing in food allergy support, education, and empowerment.  Her focus is to empower others to live fully despite a food allergy diagnosis.  She is especially committed to helping manage worry, stress, and anxiety by transforming perspectives through support and educat...

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Dr. Abby Herzig is CEO and Co-Founder of Belay, an innovative app to manage food allergies and confidently share important information with a network of caregivers.  A mom of three, one being a child with life threatening food allergies, she suffered from anxiety when handing him to someone else to care for him.  She recognized many safety gaps in daycares, preschools, and schools and mitigated her anxiety by building solutions for...

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Michael Garozzo founded Garozzo’s Ristorante in 1989.  The restaurant business was a family business as his father, Salvatore and his uncle Alfio were waiters in fine restaurants all their lives and Michael followed his family’s traditions and started as a busboy at the age of 13.  Learning and being mentored by the best there is on the “Hill” in St. Louis, famous for its great Italian restaurants, Michael had always wanted to open...

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Lizzie Reynolds, owner and authorized vacation planner of both “Platinum Mouse” and “Pixie Lizzie Magical Food Allergy Travel Agent”, knows all things Disney.  Despite being adamantly against a vacation at Disneyland, she was persuaded to go and had her first true vacation and was able to worry less about her daughter’s multiple food allergies.  She started to make trips to Disney Parks monthly and take Disney Cruises yearly and re...

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Dr. Emily Williams Knight is the President and CEO of the Texas Restaurant Association and Education Foundation.   From third grade, her life's mission has been to provide hospitality and education. Her ambition propelled her notable career as the television show "Hotel" inspired it all.  Dr. Knight is impressively leading the restaurant industry through the COVID 19 pandemic by securing several waivers from Governor Ab...

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Dr. William Reisacher is an Otolaryngic Allergist at Weill Cornell Medical College who sees people with a wide range of ear, nose, throat, and allergy problems. While his clinical expertise lies in the diagnosis and management of airborne and food allergies in adults and children, he has also developed an allergy toothpaste to combat respiratory allergies.  The toothpaste is designed to integrate into patients' everyday routine...

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Chef Justin Benedict is an experienced plant-based food specialist with a demonstrated ability working in the health wellness, foodservice, and sustainable agriculture industries and is a developing partner with Local Alternative Foods.  Not preparing food ourselves has led to foods designed for preservation that are based on heavily processed ingredients. The nutritional destruction and high environmental footprint that occurs whe...

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Hillary Tolle Carter is a food allergy mom and advocate, public relations specialist, speaker, writer, and community builder.  She has two boys, ages 8 and 10, both with multiple, life-threatening food allergies.   With the health challenges that both boys faced she immersed herself into her kids’ lives as mamas tend to do when taking on such great levels of worry.  It was a lot of stress and a lot of work as food allergy managemen...

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Frank Idris, Vice President of Resort Operations, talks LEGOLAND.  Franks shares behind-the-scenes explorations, secrets, and not-to-miss experiences for an unbelievable adventure.  He talks a bit about the history and background of LEGOLAND that has made it the ultimate family destination.  Listen to Frank’s professional journey and how working in many of the hospitality positions allowed him to learn all the ins-and-outs and aspe...

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June 20, 2021 32 min

Phoebe Lapine is a food and health writer, gluten-free chef, speaker, and the voice behind the award-winning blog ‘Feed Me Phoebe’.  Phoebe’s debut memoir, ‘The Wellness Project’, chronicles her journey with the autoimmune disease, Hashimoto's Thyroiditis.  She is also the host of the ‘SIBO Made Simple’ podcast and author of the new book by the same name which helps those diagnosed and fighting Small Intestine Bacterial Overgro...

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Michael Matarazzo has an impressive resume.   He was formally trained at The Culinary Institute of America.  He was named USA’s Chef of the Year by The American Culinary Federation.  He has been to the Culinary Olympics both as a competitor and coach.  He is an ACF Certified Competition Judge and has received numerous medals, both domestic and international in his 20 year culinary career and is currently the Executive Chef at Farmi...

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Sara Shannon knows a parent’s greatest grief.  Her daughter, Sabrina, passed at the age of 13 due to an anaphylaxis reaction from inadvertently eating her food allergen during school lunch.  Sara has worked tirelessly in her daughter's memory bestowing her name and her courageous spirit to Sabrina’s Law. Sabrina’s Law requires all Ontario Schools to establish and maintain an anaphylaxis policy to help students with serious alle...

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Greg Graber, CEO and Founder of Heritage Restaurant Brands, is a results-driven restaurant executive with extensive senior leadership experience.  His diverse management portfolio includes Operations, Marketing, Facilities and Construction, Development, Purchasing, HR, and New Product Development.  From beginning to end, Greg shares his wisdom from years of experience in this informative and interesting conversation.  Listeners can...

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Cooking was always her first love, since Fourth Grade, and it is now her career and business.  Chef Raechel Barfield, Founder of Māla Girl Broths, shares the beautiful story of her mom’s dream becoming her own and how this dream developed into an incredible business.  Raechel shares her culinary journey and how it lead to the development of Māla Girl Broths. Her mission is to provide organically crafted broth and soup mixes that br...

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Brian Wayne, VP of Customer Success at QSR Automations, joins Shandee to discuss how Covid-19 affected restaurant off-premise technology and the nuances of balancing technology and operations with guest experiences.  Brian leads the Implementation, Project Management Training, and Support Services groups, guiding customers to get the most out of QSR products.  He shares his experiences, priorities, and difficulties being in a custo...

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Rebecca Greene is an author, licensed social worker, and food allergy awareness advocate.  She writes inspiring stories to empower children and help them overcome challenges.  In this episode, Rebecca shares her son's food allergy journey and the anxiety that overwhelmed her. We also get to hear about how she found inspiration in writing a picture book series with an important central theme: allergies! A discussion ensues betwe...

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For this week’s episode, Shandee welcomes Tom Fricke, CEO of Bar Louis, for an informative and insightful conversation.  Tom discusses the shifts that the business made during Covid-19 and how they completed 5 to 10 years of changes in the last year and exited it with a better and completely different business.  He shares his career journey and the whos and the whats that helped him evolve his leadership philosophy and why it is im...

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