Confessions

Operators open up about their passions, fears and embarrassing moments

Bertrand Weber, director of culinary and nutrition services for the Minneapolis Public Schools, hates flying but wants to skydive and wishes he had more athletic ability.

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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.

Joie Schoonover, director of Dining and Culinary Services at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, wants to travel to the 1950s, dreams of Europe and doesn’t understand fried foods on sticks.

Cheryl Shimmin, network director of nutrition services for Kettering Medical System in Ohio, wants to hike the Grand Canyon, share a meal with Albert Einstein and wishes she could stop rethinking old problems.

Eric Eisenberg, corporate executive chef, Nutrition, Catering, Retail & Conference Services for Swedish Health Services in Seattle, offers his take on all things culinary in this special installment of Confessions.

Eric Goldstein, chief executive of The Office of School Support Services for the New York City Department of Education, loves good bread, fears falling and would have dinner with President Obama.

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