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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.
 
Have you ever thought of getting to know the person(s) behind the allergy free brand, business and/or service? Well, this is the podcast you have been waiting for! Join Chief Allergy Free Hustler Nicole Farquharson, a long time alternative health enthusiast for your weekly episodes of Allergy Free Hustle Podcast as it shines the spotlight on founders, creators, owners, administrators, managers of allergy free brands, businesses and services. Allergy Free Hustle features interviews with inspi ...
 
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David Stukus, MD, is an associate professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Allergy and Immunology and is Director of the Food Allergy Treatment Center at Nationwide Children's Hospital. He is very active on social media and uses his popular Twitter and Instagram accounts @AllergyKidsDoc to dispel myths and combat misinformation and misconceptions…
 
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 i…
 
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 bu…
 
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 cent…
 
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 Pe…
 
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 …
 
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…
 
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,…
 
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 o…
 
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…
 
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 s…
 
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 starte…
 
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 dia…
 
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…
 
"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…
 
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-t…
 
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+ doctor…
 
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,…
 
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 be…
 
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 hi…
 
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 aller…
 
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 …
 
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 da…
 
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.…
 
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 …
 
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 thro…
 
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 al…
 
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 ingre…
 
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 le…
 
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 ma…
 
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 …
 
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 internati…
 
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 …
 
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 y…
 
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…
 
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…
 
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 bo…
 
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 w…
 
Sarah Matheson is Co-Founder and Creative Director of Hungry Harry’s – a food allergy-friendly food company with five baking mixes that are free from the Top-14 food allergens. Sarah, the consummate storyteller, shares the incredible account of Harry’s first reaction while the family was traveling in Thailand and how that experience led her to crea…
 
We welcome Pete Gibson, CIO/CTO for Johnny Rockets and Friendly’s Restaurant, to ShandeeLand for this week’s episode. Pete is responsible for all aspects of their technology program and IT organization. He sits down with Shandee and discusses why technology is a major enablement of a restaurant and how technology is improving hospitality. Interesti…
 
Danny Klein is the director of digital content at Food News Media, publisher of QSR and FSR magazines and he joins Shandee for this week’s podcast. They discuss the struggles restaurants have faced during Covid-19, how they adjusted and what the future may look like. He also shares the behind-the-scenes and day-to-day look of being a journalist whi…
 
In our new episode, Shandee is joined by Dr. Edwin Kim. Dr. Kim is a food allergy dad and pediatric allergist and immunologist whose research focuses on food allergy, immunotherapy, and chronic idiopathic urticaria. He is currently the director of the UNC Food Allergy Initiative (UNC FAI), which investigates the biological basis of food allergy as …
 
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 wa…
 
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 …
 
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 anaphyla…
 
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 …
 
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.…
 
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 co…
 
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…
 
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