Confessions

Operators open up about their passions, fears and embarrassing moments

Thomas Cooley, R.D. makes his own nine-pepper hot sauce, hates bottled water and would love to snorkel the Great Barrier Reef.

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Cyndi Roberts, manger of food services at St. Joseph Memorial Hospital in Murphysboro, Ill., wants to travel the world but wouldn’t go back in time if given the opportunity.

Salvatore Cantalupo, corporate chef for Stamford, Conn.-based Corporate Image Dining Services, dreams of seeing all of Italy, loves Chimay beer and doesn’t understand Atkins.

Linda Stoll, executive director of food services for Jeffco Public Schools, hates mornings but gets up early, wants to be a Southern belle and loves Mexican food. 

Ricky Clark loves banana pudding, hates politics and considers himself an old hippie.

Mary Molt is claustrophobic, loves interacting with college students and “still thinks the bacon and ice cream thing is weird.”

Lyman Graham, foodservice director for the Roswell Independent School District, Carlsbad Municipal Schools and Dexter Consolidated Schools in New Mexico, wants to travel to Alaska, to lose his accent and to visit the celebrations at the end of World War I

Silver Plate winner Mark Freeman, senior manager of global employee services at Microsoft in Redmond, Calif., would rather be sailing, fears dancing and would like to dine with Walt Disney.

Erwin Schmit, foodservice director for Aramark at Grainger in Lake Forest, Ill., doesn’t get TV food programs, admires President Obama and has eaten octopus while it was still moving.

2012 Silver Plate winner Dan Henroid, director of nutrition and foodservice at UCSF Medical Center in San Francisco, loves breakfast any time of the day, wishes he could slow down and wants to work up the nerve to go skydiving.

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