185 episodes

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.

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    • Health & Fitness
    • 5.0 • 19 Ratings

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.

    Batter Up: A Sweet Journey with Fenway Park's Pastry Chef, Caitlin Follett

    Batter Up: A Sweet Journey with Fenway Park's Pastry Chef, Caitlin Follett

    Meet Caitlin Follett, the Pastry Chef Extraordinaire at Fenway Park! Boston-born and deeply immersed in Boston sports, Caitlin shares her journey from MBA graduate to creating delectable desserts for Fenway's premium department, private suites, and catering programs. Her unique blend of culinary expertise and business acumen sets her apart in the industry.

    With a family who supported her every step of the way, Caitlin inherited their strong work ethic. She walks by the iconic field every day, fueled by passion and gratitude for her dream job. 

    Tune in as Caitlin reveals the ins and outs of her game day routine, from crafting desserts for restaurants to catering to exclusive events. She dishes on the best moments of her day and what tasks she dreams of delegating. From the hustle and bustle of the kitchen to the thrill of seeing her creations delight patrons, Caitlin's day is a symphony of culinary artistry and precision.

    Caitlin shares advice on building technique and expertise. Despite her remarkable career, she ponders what the future might hold. Her journey is a testament to the power of dedication and hard work, inspiring aspiring chefs to pursue their passions.

    Don't miss this inspiring episode as Caitlin Follett serves up insights from the heart of Fenway Park! 

    • 31 min
    Location, Loyalty, and Lessons: Insights from Troy Hooper, CEO of Hot Palette America

    Location, Loyalty, and Lessons: Insights from Troy Hooper, CEO of Hot Palette America

    Troy Hooper, CEO of Hot Palette America, the parent company of Pepper Lunch is our exciting guest this week. Troy's journey is a fascinating blend of real estate, construction, culinary arts, and supply chain expertise, all converging into his remarkable career path.
    Troy delves into the art of choosing the perfect location for success, drawing parallels between real estate and crafting the perfect menu. He emphasizes that just like a well-curated dish, a strategic location is a recipe for triumph.

    But here's the real takeaway: it's not just about getting people to try your offerings; it's about ensuring they keep coming back for more. Troy reveals the sobering statistic that 70% of customers never return, shedding light on the true challenges of building customer loyalty in the culinary world.

    Moreover, Troy provides valuable insights into the unique challenges the US market faces compared to international markets, offering a holistic view of the culinary landscape.

    Tune in to our podcast episode to discover Troy's wisdom and experience firsthand! 

    • 31 min
    Exploring the Slice of Hospitality with Aaron Weedy, VP of Finance at Ledo Pizza

    Exploring the Slice of Hospitality with Aaron Weedy, VP of Finance at Ledo Pizza

    In this episode, we sit down with Aaron Weedy, Vice President of Finance for Ledo Pizza, to unravel the fascinating journey of a finance professional in the dynamic world of hospitality. Aaron shares his unexpected entry into the industry during college, highlighting the diverse career paths that hospitality can offer.

    We delve into Ledo Pizza's rich history, exploring its origins, unique selling points, and how it has carved its niche in the competitive pizza landscape. Aaron sheds light on the intriguing aspects of operating a pizza chain that offers dine-in and take-out but stands out by not delivering – a strategic choice that includes shipping for their customers.

    The conversation takes a deep dive into the pros and cons of franchising, offering valuable insights for those navigating the complexities of expanding a business. Aaron shares the financial intricacies of his role as a CFO, providing a glimpse into the day-to-day responsibilities and decision-making processes that contribute to the success of Ledo Pizza.

    Join us in this insightful episode as we explore the slice of hospitality with Aaron Weedy and uncover the secrets behind this iconic brand.

    • 29 min
    Hospitality Excellence: We Welcome Back Žana Usher

    Hospitality Excellence: We Welcome Back Žana Usher

    We're thrilled to welcome back Žana Usher, Founder and CEO of Žana DeVine Hospitality, for another insightful episode.

    In our previous chat, Žana shared her incredible journey in the hospitality industry and emphasized the importance of attention to detail for an exceptional guest experience. Today, she's back, urging us to go the extra mile and elevate our hospitality game to
    ensure our guests have the ultimate experience!

    But that's not all – Žana has launched her very own podcast, "Global Dating Dynamics," on Instagram Live! She delves into the intriguing intersection of hospitality and dating – a topic that is unique and diverse.

    Žana Devine Hospitality is a commitment to excellence in the hospitality industry. Her passion for creating a warm and productive work environment shines through, ensuring your team, services, and processes are exceptional.
    Ready to discover the smallest things that make your guests feel special? Join us in this week's episode as Žana takes us on a journey of hospitality excellence!

    • 30 min
    Beyond Borders: Allie Bahn's Guide to Fearless Travel with Food Allergies

    Beyond Borders: Allie Bahn's Guide to Fearless Travel with Food Allergies

    Dive into the world of fearless travel with our latest episode featuring Allie Bahn! As a seasoned writer, content creator, educator, and consultant, Allie shares her awe-inspiring journeys through the unique lens of living with severe food allergies.

    Starting her blog back in 2008, Allie has become a beacon of knowledge in the realm of safe and enjoyable travel for those with food allergies. Her website, missallergicreactor.com, is a treasure trove of information and a go-to resource for anyone seeking tips, tricks, and strategies for navigating the world with dietary restrictions.

    Tune in to discover Allie's firsthand experiences, as well as gain insights into her online courses offering invaluable guidance for safe and worry-free travel both at home and abroad.

    Whether you're a seasoned traveler or planning your first adventure, this podcast is a must-listen!

    • 30 min
    Educating for Impact: Lisa Cohen's Fight for Food Allergy Awareness

    Educating for Impact: Lisa Cohen's Fight for Food Allergy Awareness

    We welcome back Lisa Cohen, the founder and CEO of The Kyah Rayne Foundation. Lisa, who tragically lost her daughter Kyah Rayne to an anaphylaxis reaction, returns with inspiring updates. The foundation has just launched new course specifically designed for restaurants and food service personnel. These courses aim to raise awareness and educate on the critical aspects of handling food allergies.

    In this episode, Lisa shares her ongoing advocacy efforts, including taking on big pharma to push for price caps on epinephrine in Arizona. Her dedication doesn't stop there; she's also actively supporting schools in accessing epinephrine, a life-saving measure in allergy emergencies.

    Lisa's work with The Kyah Rayne Foundation continues to make a meaningful impact, emphasizing the crucial need for increased awareness, education, and accessibility in the fight against food allergies.

    For more information on The Kyah Rayne Foundation and their initiatives, visit: https://www.kyahraynefoundation.org/

    • 33 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
19 Ratings

19 Ratings

alexjms ,

Amazing show

I’ve really enjoyed hearing stories from all these amazing guests. Shandee is such a great host. She gets people to really open up and tell their real stories. So many amazing conversations on interesting subjects. Learned interesting insights on food allergies and also challenges faced by restauranteurs.

Nicole Myden ,

Love it!

Love the show, appreciate Shandee’s vulnerability and realness and look forward to hearing from great guests talking about entrepreneurship and also food allergies.

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