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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Barbara Kane, vice president of industry relations for Ecolab, and new president of the Society for Foodservice Management, hates traveling in the winter, wants to see the future and swears by sugar-free Red Bull.

Tony Geraci, the new executive director of the Memphis City Public Schools child nutrition program, loves barbecue, doesn’t understand cooking with foam and fears running out of time.

Nona Golledge, director of KU Dining at the University of Kansas in Lawrence, and current NACUFS president, fears drowning, loves homemade spinach lasagna and wishes she could stop worrying.

Angelo Mojica, director of food and nutrition services at UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill, N.C., fears monsters, loves lightsabers and wishes he had the power of invisibility.

Cavin Sullivan, general manager for Metz Culinary Management at The J.M. Smucker Co., in Orrville, Ohio, wishes he were taller, loves a good steak with fresh-cut fries and swears by Great Lakes beer.

Helen Phillips, senior director of school nutrition at Norfolk Public Schools in Virginia, and the School Nutrition Associa-tion’s new president, fears disappointing people and never doubted that she was meant to be in child nutrition.

Janet Paul Rice, associate director of dining services at Concordia College in Moorhead, Minn., and current NACUFS president, wants to stop worrying, doesn’t understand the big deal about cupcakes and admits indecisive customers can be annoying.

Joe Stanislaw, director of food and nutrition services at 265-bed Elliot Hospital in Manchester, N.H., wishes he had better knees and says no thanks to frying every food you can think of.

Jenny Bucci, general manager for Metz Culinary Management at Erie Insurance, Erie, Pa., wants to sing, can’t say no to veal chops and thinks value meals are overrated.

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