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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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.

Karen Green, school nutrition director at Thomas County Schools, Thomasville, Ga., shows her Southern pride with her love of grits and Paula Deen.

Cam Schauf, director of Campus Dining Services and Auxiliary Operations at 9,400-student University of Rochester in N.Y., gave grasshoppers a try, fears Bud Light and hates that he procrastinates.

Tony Almeida, director of food and nutrition at 608-bed Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, N.J., hasn’t joined the organic and sustainable bandwagon but loves chocolate-covered raspberries.

Jason Giagrande, director of foodservice operations and events for Flik at NBC Universal in New York, is addicted to Vita Coco, hates flying and wishes he could learn to relax.

Linda Stoll, executive director of foodservice at 85,000-student Jeffco Public Schools in Golden, Colo., admires Oprah, wishes people appreciated her singing and loves a good burrito and margarita.