110 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 • 17 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.

    Augmented Intelligence with Dave Dittenber, CEO and Founder of BYOD

    Augmented Intelligence with Dave Dittenber, CEO and Founder of BYOD

    He knew he wanted to work in the hospitality industry at 11 years old when he started cleaning bathrooms for a neighborhood restaurant.   And now Dave Dittenber has 30 years of experience in restaurant operations.  He shares his journey from scrubbing floors to founding the technology company BOYD.  His company is the answer to disparaging systems in our restaurants that don’t utilize the fast-growing technological advances and leverages technology and AI to help tackle some common problems with everyday operations in the industry.  He talks about identifying and selecting technology that is most helpful in keeping hospitality in hospitality and enhancing the guest experience.  And he tells us why, for him, AI means Augmented Intelligence.  Dave has sat on numerous boards, been involved with different industry startups, including the Michigan Restaurant Association, and shares how he balances work and many interests.

    • 34 min
    Expanding Awareness to all Forms of Healing with Sonia Hunt

    Expanding Awareness to all Forms of Healing with Sonia Hunt

    Sonia Hunt is a food allergy activist, TEDx speaker, and best-selling author. She joins Shandee to share her food allergy journey. She tells her story of taking risks with her food allergies that led to her rock-bottom experience. She dedicated herself to "changing everything," advocating for herself, and drove herself to change her mindset. This journey led her to create Three to Be, a holistic health and well-being program. She also wrote her first book, "NUT JOB: How I Crushed My Food Allergies To Thrive," a prescriptive memoir detailing her journey to becoming food allergy-free. Her goal is to share information about other forms of healing and the benefits and details on how they work in this week's episode.

    • 29 min
    Fortune Favors the Bold with Wade Allen, SVP/Head of Innovation at Brinker International

    Fortune Favors the Bold with Wade Allen, SVP/Head of Innovation at Brinker International

    Wade Allen is the Senior Vice President and Head of Innovation for Brinker International and has extensive knowledge in restaurant and hospitality innovation. Brinker International is the company behind Chili’s Grill & Bar and Maggiano’s Little Italy restaurant brands and has recently launched a virtual-only brand called It’s Just Wings. Wade joined Shandee to converse about drone delivery, ghost kitchens, virtual brands, and autonomous vehicle delivery.  He talks about innovation from vision to design and why he operates with black and white benchmarks.  He shares the brainchild he is most proud of and why he thinks it will change the landscape of hospitality.  He measures Brinker International to their competitors and discusses where they lead, and opens up about potential gaps.  Wade also serves on the Digital Innovation Advisory Council for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital® and shares the inspiring work they are doing together.  

    • 29 min
    Dr. Inderpal Randhawa discusses Allergy Food Freedom Through TIP™

    Dr. Inderpal Randhawa discusses Allergy Food Freedom Through TIP™

    Although currently there is no known cure for food allergies, Dr. Inderpal Randhawa, Founder and CEO of Southern California Food Allergy Institute, discusses true food freedom through his Tolerance Induction Program (TIP™).   TIP™ is entirely dependent on a patient's data and is uniquely tailored to their needs. The ultimate goal is for all food anaphylaxis sufferers to safely eat whatever they want without the fear of a reaction.  Dr. Randhawa's approach involves assessing each patient's immune system to predict how that patient will respond to specific food proteins. As a result, the medical team designs a specifically tailored protocol to each patient's immune system reactivity. The result is unmatched predictability, safety, and long-term success.   Dr. Randhawa takes you through the process and answers all of the questions surrounding the program in this week's conversation with Shandee.

    • 33 min
    Born into the Business of Fun with Ken Whiting, President of Whiting's Food Concessions

    Born into the Business of Fun with Ken Whiting, President of Whiting's Food Concessions

    Ken Whiting is President of Whiting’s Food Concessions and also leads the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) as its chair. Mr. Whiting has spent his entire career working for his family’s business, and in the attractions industry starting from an ice cream stand on the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk and his first job at 10 years old peeling bananas. IAAPA is the global association for the attractions industry, representing 6,000 facilities, suppliers, and individual members from more than 100 countries, and his involvement with IAAPA spans more than four decades. The company has been an active member of IAAPA for more than half a century. Mr. Whiting shares the fascinating success story of this family business that began with his dad delivering milk. He talks about investing in first-job seekers and their futures and the importance of adapting to their lifestyles as their lifestyles change. He shares his success stories and lessons learned. He talks about the behind-the-scenes activities that make it a day to remember for their customers. He also talks about the pandemic pivots the business made to keep up a revenue stream. He shares which pivots were successful and which continue today.

    • 33 min
    Connecting the Food Allergy Community with Katherine Schug, Founder and CEO of The Alan App

    Connecting the Food Allergy Community with Katherine Schug, Founder and CEO of The Alan App

    An eighth-grade project set in motion numerous food allergy advocacy enterprises by this impressive young woman, Katherine Schug.  The project grew into Teen FAAB (Food Allergies and Anti-Bullying), a website that provided resources, blog posts, tips, and more for teens living with food allergies.  This led to a TEDx Talk at her high school. As her platform grew, she spoke at Food Allergy and Research Education (FARE) events and Food Allergy and Awareness Connection Team (FAACT) conferences.  Now, Katherine, a student at Rutgers University, is the founder and CEO of The Alan (Allergy Life Alliance Network) App that features a messaging system, emergency feature, and interactive resources.  Katherine’s mission is to connect people with food allergies to share experiences, concerns, and questions.  She understands there is a need for the community, especially for teens dealing with bullying.  She shares her incredible journey. She offers advice to teenagers and parents and talks about the challenges of moving away for college and living in the dorms and/or having roommates.  We cannot wait to see what is next for this inventive young woman. 

    • 24 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
17 Ratings

17 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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